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IAEA Board of Governors to meet on Iran, Syria early Dec

By Abdelwaheb El-Gueyed VIENNA, Nov 26 (KUNA) -- The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will convene a regular meeting at the Agencys headquarters in the Vienna International Centre (VIC) on Thursday, December 2, 2010.
The meeting will focus on reports by the Agency's Director-General Yukiya Amano on the implementation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) safeguards, the agreement and provisions of UN Security Council resolutions relating to the Islamic Republic of Iran, the UN nuclear watchdog said in a statement on Friday.
The Board will also meet on December 3 to debate reports on the implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Arab Republic of Syria.
In his latest report on the Iranian nuclear program, Director-General Amano accused Tehran of failure to cooperate effectively with the IAEA inspectors and produce assurances about the nature of its nuclear program.
Iran, in contravention with the relevant UNSC resolutions and those of the IAEA Board of Governors, pursued its nuclear enrichment activities, failed to join the NPT Additional Protocol, he said.
"Iran has failed to meet the requirements of the Board of Governors and to comply with Security Council resolutions 1696 (2006), 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008).
"Iran shall, without further delay, take the steps required by the Board in its resolutions GOV/2006/14 and GOV/2009/82, notably paragraph 2 of the resolution 1737 (2006) to suspend all enrichment related and reprocessing activities as well as work on all heavy water related activities," he affirmed.
It has cooperate fully with the IAEA on all outstanding issues, particularly those which give rise to concerns about the possible military dimensions of the Iranian nuclear program, including by providing access to all sites, equipment, persons and documents requested by the Agency, he added.
Regarding Syria, Amano accuses the Arab country of non-cooperation with the Agency's inspectors since June, 2008, and barring IAEA inspectors from suspected nuclear sites.
He blamed Damascus for failure to solve the disputes over the suspected nuclear facility in Deir Azzour and three related sites.
Syria denies that the Deir Azzour site, which was bombed by Israeli warplanes in September, 2007, involved any nuclear activities.
Amano is expected to ask Damascus allow the inspectors access to the suspected sites in order to avoid possible referral of the dispute to the UN Security Council, observers say.
The issue of the Israeli nuclear weapons, which was raised for the first time in two decades at the September session of the Board of Governors, will not be on the agenda of the December meeting, IAEA insiders said.
The two-day meeting of the Board will take place shortly before the third round of the nuclear talks between Iran, on one hand, and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1), on the other.
The P5+1-Iran talks are expected to be resumed in Vienna on December 5. (end) amg.gb KUNA 262225 Nov 10NNNN