OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Yesterday, President Obama announced that
P5+1 has signed an initial agreement with the Islamic Republic of
In exchange for significant sanctions relief, Iran will be required to
take a number of steps that - if implemented - will pause aspects of
its illegal nuclear program.
In response, David Koschitzky, Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish
Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:
"We applaud the P5+1 for its serious diplomatic efforts. Israelis, more
than anyone, want a peaceful end to Iran's nuclear program.
"Canadians have every reason to maintain healthy scepticism regarding
this deal, given Iran's track record of manipulating diplomacy and
breaching signed agreements. Any pause to Iran's nuclear drive will
only be successful if the next six months are used to reach a
comprehensive agreement that permanently denies Iran nuclear weapons
"Israel and others in the region have pointed to a number of serious
deficiencies in this agreement. Just as intensive verification of
Iran's actions will be required, we urge the P5+1 to address the
concerns raised by Israel in the next round of negotiations. This is
just the beginning of a process that will be tested in the months
ahead. We caution the international community to remain vigilant in
holding Iran accountable and ensuring that it retains the ability to
apply additional pressures should Iran backtrack on its obligations."
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the non-partisan
advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada.
SOURCE: Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs
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