Green Cross International (GCI) welcomes the comprehensive agreement reached today in Vienna between Iran and the P5 + 1 world powers (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and US) – a deal designed to put an end to more than a decade of controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear programme.
This historic agreement was made possible by the unequivocal commitment from all involved parties to a negotiation based on mutual respect, reciprocity, and willingness to take each others’ concerns and legal rights seriously.
GCI is encouraged by the fact that the agreement is based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and that it strengthens the NPT and the nuclear non-proliferation regime built around it. This deal is expected to improve the overall security situation in the Middle East, building relations of trust and cooperation among all states in the region.
The task now is to ensure comprehensive and thorough implementation of the agreement, which will require continued high-level political attention and the same spirit of cooperation that made it possible in the first place. This would open the door for rapid expansion of Iran’s economic, financial and other ties with the rest of the world – which, in turn, will be necessary in order to heal many of the problems Iran has inherited from its long periods of war and crippling sanctions.
One of those serious problems facing Iran – a dangerous trend that will require broad international cooperation to reverse – is the degradation of Iran’s environment. GCI hopes that, under the new political context created in the wake of this agreement, it will be possible to launch ambitious cooperative projects designed to address Iran’s environmental challenges. GCI is willing to play an active role in this process.