Iran: Unilateral Sanctions Must End Immediately

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Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations.

New York, 4 November 2021 (TDI): Representative of Iran to the United Nations said in a speech on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) that this movement wants the countries that have imposed unilateral sanctions to end them immediately.

The Sixth Committee has worked diligently to produce various documents in the form of declarations and resolutions. She highlighted the role of the Special Committee in the preparation of the Handbook on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. However, she pointed out it needs to be updated in light of the new developments.

The Non-Aligned Movement believes that the United Nations is a central and indispensable forum. Member States address issues related to international cooperation, economic development and social progress, peace and security, human rights, and the rule of law. Therefore, the Movement attaches great importance to strengthening the role of the United Nations to its full potential.

In the same way, the Iranian Representative urged the reform of the organization on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement. She underlined that this reform should be carried out in accordance with the principles and procedures established by the Charter of the United Nations while preserving the legal framework of this constitutional instrument.

Finally, she pointed out the lack of a balanced approach to the issue of UN sanctions. Iran considers that the capacity of the Secretariat has not been sufficiently developed to fully assess the short and long-term socio-economic and humanitarian consequences of UN sanctions. In particular, the assessments made by the Security Council’s Sanction Committees, including the methodology used for the assessment of the humanitarian implications of sanctions.

In this regard, she stated that sanctions on Iran have not tenable legal grounds and their imposition lack a specified timeframe. Lastly, such sanctions should be lifted as soon as the objectives are achieved. The NAM fully supports all efforts aimed towards promoting the peaceful settlement of disputes based on provisions of international law.

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Arantza Renteria is a Peruvian third-year student of International Relations with a specialization in cooperation and development.Her work experience mostly covers Middle Eastern affairs. Her area of ​​expertise is the Levant. Among these countries, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine.She has worked in intercultural governmental and non-governmental work environments, including the Embassy of Palestine in Lima.Currently, she leads the Middle East and Gulf Research Desk at The Diplomatic Insight.

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