New York, December 13, 2012
90-day report pursuant to paragraph 18 (h) of resolution 1737 (2006)
Mr. President, distinguished delegates,
I have the honour to present the 90-day report of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1737 (2006), in accordance with paragraph 18 (h) of the same resolution.
The report covers the period from13 September to 4 December 2012, during which time the Committee held two meetings and conducted additional work using the no-objection procedure envisioned by paragraph 15 of the guidelines for the conduct of its work.
At the informal consultations of 23 October, the Committee continued its discussion of the Panel's final report of 9 June 2012, which is available on the Committee's website.
Several delegations proposed that the Committee adopt a series of implementation assistance notices that could aid Member States implement the Security Council measures, taking into account the experts' findings during their 2011 and 2012 mandates.
On 26 November, the Coordinator of the Panel of Experts briefed the Committee on the Panel's midterm report of 9 November 2012, which was submitted in accordance with paragraph 2 of resolution 2049 (2012).
The Committee heard additional information about the Panel's current activities.
In the course of the discussion that followed the oral briefing, members of the Committee exchanged their views on the midterm report, as well as the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions.
Some members expressed concerns about possible non-compliance with those resolutions that may have led to transfers of material under sanctions from Iran to states in the region, while some members also addressed the need to ensure that sanctions are playing a constructive role in supporting diplomatic efforts and dialogue.
During a subsequent discussion, some Committee members requested the Panel assemble for the Committee's review a compilation of publicly available statements recently made by Iranian officials and alleged recipients of military Iranian assistance regarding potential violations of paragraph 5 of resolution 1747 (2007). In this regard, the Committee intends to ensure that any work undertaken regarding reported violations will be conducted in an impartial and objective manner, based on verified information and solid evidence.
The Committee discussed also the possibility of issuing a guidance note to aide States in their submissions of national implementation reports, and sending letters to States requesting them to provide, on a voluntary basis, additional identifiers for the individuals subject to travel ban and assets freeze. These issues remain under Committee consideration.
During the reporting period, the Committee received a number of communications relating to the implementation of the relevant Security Council measures.
By a letter dated 9 October, four Member States submitted a report stating that the July 2012 Great Prophet 7 exercise, during which Iran tested Shahab-1 short range ballistic missiles and Shahab-3 medium range ballistic missiles, constituted a violation of paragraph 9 of resolution 1929 (2010). This case is currently being investigated by the Panel. vAs mentioned during my previous briefing to the Council, in September, the Committee sought information from several States relating to the inspection and seizure, on 15 March 2011, of three shipping containers of arms and arms-related materiel onboard the ship M/V Victoria.
I am pleased to inform you, Mr. President, that three (3) States have already responded to the Committee's letters and offered helpful details. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all States to cooperate with the Committee and its Panel of Experts in the investigation of possible sanctions violations.
In response to a query from an international organization, the Committee found that the described project, aimed at assisting Iran develop its technical capacity for intellectual property rights protection, did not violate the sanctions measures.
Lastly, the Committee received three notifications: two from a Member State with reference to paragraph 5 of resolution 1737 (2006) concerning the delivery of items for use in the nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran; and one from another State submitted pursuant to paragraph 15 of resolution 1737 (2006) and paragraph 4 of resolution 1747 (2007) in connection with the unfreezing of funds in order to make a payment due under a contract entered into prior to the listing of an entity.
On that note, I conclude my report.
During the reporting period, the Panel conducted visits to the United Kingdom (24-26 September), Turkmenistan (3-4 October), Kazakhstan (8-9 October), Bahrain (22-24 October), Ethiopia (1-2 November), France (3-5 December), Hungary (6-7 December), Japan (6 December), and Austria (10-11 December) to discuss matters pertaining to the mandate of the Panel, including the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions.
Members of the Panel attended the following conferences and seminars: Financial Action Task Force Plenary and Working Group (Paris, France, 15-19 October), Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate's initial meeting on enhancing Member States' capacity to comply with their obligation pursuant to Security Council resolution 1737 (2001) (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22-24 October), Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) seminar on new research on illicit arms flow (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 30-31 October), Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Plenary meeting (British Virgin Islands, 12-15 November), "Implementing Sanctions: Prospects and Problems" (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19-20 November), and "Engaging Industries for Nonproliferation Compliance" (Dalian, China, 27 November).