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yahoo! Reuters | IAEA board passes resolution calling on Russia to leave Zaporizhzhia, 15 Sep railroad
• Twenty-six of 35 board members backed the text
• Russia and China only countries to oppose it
IOW: "Russia and China were the countries that voted against while Egypt, South Africa, Senegal, Burundi, Vietnam, India and Pakistan abstained, the diplomats said."
The resolution is the second on Russia's invasion of Ukraine passed by the International Atomic Energy Agency's board, and their content is very similar, though the first in March preceded Russian forces taking control of Zaporizh* [4 Mar?], Europe's biggest nuclear power plant.

Both resolutions were proposed by Canada and Poland on behalf of Ukraine, which is not on the board, the IAEA's top policy-making body that meets more than once a year.
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"This Board took up the issue in March and adopted a resolution that deplored Russia's violent actions and called upon Russia to immediately cease all actions against and at nuclear facilities in Ukraine and return control of them to the competent Ukrainian authorities," the U.S. statement to the board said.

"The very next day, Russia spurned that call by seizing the Zaporizh* Nuclear Power Plant. Russia is treating Ukraine's civilian infrastructure as a military prize, seeking to deprive Ukraine of control over its own energy resources and to use the plant as a base for military action against Ukraine," it added.

MR Online | International Atomic Energy agency takes Ukraine side in war in September 15 vote, making UN Secretary-General Guterres either a liar or a fool, 19 Sep indignation
This is the most dramatic shift by the United Nations (UN) nuclear power regulator in the 65-year history of the organisation based in Vienna.

The terms of the IAEA Resolution Number 58, which were proposed early this week by the Polish and Canadian governors on the agency board, were known in advance by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres when he spoke by telephone with President Vladimir Putin in the late afternoon of September 14, before the vote was taken. Guterres did not reveal what he already knew would be the IAEA action the next day.
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Grossi was asked this morning through his spokesman, Fredrik Dahl, to say what voting rules were adopted for the resolution. Dahl (right) is an Austrian with a long career as a Reuters correspondent working on the NATO side during the war against Serbia and the U.S. and Israeli campaigns against Iran. Dahl refused to answer the telephone or email questions.

Grossi's press office was also asked to report the roll call on the resolution vote, identifying the countries voting for the resolution, and those voting against or abstaining. Dahl and his associates refused to reply. The IAEA website is not disclosing the vote.

Instead, the Russian representative on the IAEA board and the Embassy in Vienna published a report on Telegram. This reveals the 35-member board voted 26 in favour; Russia and China voted against; Burundi, Vietnam, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Senegal and South Africa voted to abstain. Twenty-six votes amount to 74% of the board; it is one vote short of a super-majority. ...

IAEA | Resolution adopted on 15 September 2022 during the 1647th session , 15 Sep GOV/2022/58
by Cat on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 03:43:14 AM EST
IAEA | Proposal for Ukraine Nuclear Safety Zone Wins Support as Talks Begin on Its Establishment, 22 Sep by Fredrik Dahl
detailed talks have now begun with Ukraine and Russia aimed at agreeing and implementing it as soon as possible, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today after a series of high-level meetings in New York this week.

In a sign of growing momentum for such a zone to protect Europe's largest nuclear power plant, French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday hosted an event in New York to discuss the safety and security of civilian nuclear facilities in armed conflicts that was also attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell as well as foreign ministers and senior officials from several other countries.
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After the meeting, chaired by President Macron and Director General Grossi, a statement was issued by nine countries welcoming this month's IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhya (ISAMZ) and supporting the Agency's efforts to maintain a continued presence there.
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Further underlining the need for such a zone, there has been renewed shelling at the ZNPP site this week, damaging electrical cables and temporarily forcing one of the six reactor units to rely on emergency diesel generators.
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While in New York, Director General Grossi separately also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as part of talks with all parties aimed at reaching an agreement soon on the zone's establishment.

The Director General first proposed such a zone in a report issued a few days after his  mission to the ZNPP, saying shelling there over the past several weeks represented a "constant threat to nuclear safety and security...

IAEA Governors (2021-2022): AR, AU, AT, BR, BI, CA, CN, CO, CZ, EG, FI, FR, DE, GT, IN, IE, JP, KR, LY, MY, MX, NZ, PK, PE, PL, RU, SG, SI, ZA, ES, CH, AE, UK, US, VN
The statement was issued by senior representatives of the following countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy [?], the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ukraine [?], and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
diplomatie.gouv.fr | Joint statement - High-level meeting on the safety and security of civil nuclear facilities in armed conflicts, 9 Sep 2022
"...Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and senior officials from the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy..."

Ukriform | IAEA starts consultations with Ukraine, Russia regarding safety zone at ZNPP, 22 Sep
"The IAEA chief wrote this on Twitter, Ukrinform reports. Grossi also added that he had started similar consultations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov."

by Cat on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 09:28:47 PM EST
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