France knocks UNSC's doors
France has introduced a resolution demanding that Iran suspend its enrichment programme by August 31.india Updated: Jul 29, 2006 14:57 IST
After almost two weeks of intensive negotiations, France has introduced a resolution in the 15-member UN Security Council demanding Iran suspend its uranium enrichment programme by August 31 or face possible economic and political sanctions.
The draft, which is mandatory, could be voted on as early as Monday and members are expected to propose any amendments they would like to be incorporated before that.
But French Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabiere, this month's Council President who formally introduced the resolution on Friday, expressed the hope that there would be no amendments.
Diplomats said his hope is based on the fact that the draft had emerged after days of intensive consultations among the diplomats in UN and top officials in the capitals of five permanent veto-wielding members -- the US, China, Russia, France and Britain.
The members are sending the draft to their capitals and should any major amendment be proposed, the adoption could be delayed, Council diplomats said.
The draft, a weakened version of the original American document, does not threaten to impose sanctions automatically or immediately, as the US would have liked the resolution to say, if Iran fails to comply with the Council demand.
The US agreed to water down the draft to win the support of Russia and China and now Council would need to have fresh discussions on the action to be taken if Tehran defies the resolution.
Asking Iran to comply with resolutions adopted by Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the draft demands that Tehran suspend all its enrichment-related activities, including research and development, by August 31.