News in Brief 16 January 2017(PM)

16 January 2017

Iran nuclear accord marks significant milestone: UN

Iran’s historic nuclear agreement has reached a significant milestone, the Director General of the UN’s nuclear agency, IAEA, has announced.

Known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal, endorsed by the UN and six world powers, affirms that the country will not seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

On Monday, Yukiya Amano confirmed that Iran had removed all excess centrifuges and infrastructure from its Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plan.

Here’s the UN Spokesperson, Farhan Haq.

“The United Nations welcomes the first anniversary of the achievement of “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (or JCPOA), which marked a significant milestone in the historic agreement reached by the E3/EU+3 and Iran on 14 July 2015 and endorsed by the Security Council in its resolution 2231 of 2015. The agreement underscores the importance of diplomacy in ensuring that Iran’s nuclear programme remains exclusively peaceful, while also promoting peace and security in the region.”

A UN resolution adopted in July provides for a lifting of sanctions if Iran complies with the measures outlined in the nuclear deal

Israel and Palestine sign “water” deal for West Bank and Gaza

A “water deal” to renew the activity of an Israeli-Palestine Joint Water Committee could be an important step towards preserving the two-State solution.

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov issued a statement in Jerusalem on Monday.

The accord aims to improve water infrastructure and supply in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

It follows previous agreements on electricity, water, mail and 3G cellular coverage.

According to media reports, the joint water committee is reconvening after a six-month pause.

Mr. Mladenov urged further cooperation between the two sides, adding that it is critical to the viability of a future palestinian state.

UN welcomes easing of sanctions imposed by US against Sudan

The easing of US sanctions against Sudan has been welcomed by two senior UN officials in the African country.

According to media reports, US President Barack Obama issued an executive order last Friday in response to what he described as “positive actions” by the Sudanese authorities.

The UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan Marta Ruedas said the move will help facilitate the delivery of aid to those in need.

Meanwhile, the Acting Joint Special Representative for Darfur and Head of the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), urged all Sudanese stakeholders to take advantage of this “window of opportunity” to reflect on peace and reconciliation.

Jeremiah Mamabolo is also UNAMID’s Joint Chief Mediator.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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