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The full letter and signatories is as follows:
“To the Editor:
We, members of the Top Level Group of U.K. Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation, believe that the agreement reached between the six world powers and Iran is a major step toward building stability and peace in the Middle East.
The agreement is comprehensive and covers the main areas of concern over Iran’s nuclear program. It includes intrusive, detailed measures for verification and inspection of Iran’s civil nuclear program, in line with the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s additional protocol. In effect, it sharply reduces the amount of enriched uranium Iran can hold and freezes further enrichment for between 10 to 15 years.
Iran is a major regional power. Keeping it fully within the structures of the Nonproliferation Treaty is an important element in building the rule of law in a region that is being torn apart by national, religious and local conflict.
We very much hope that our legislative colleagues in the United States Congress, in their deliberations on these issues, will bear in mind the multilateral nature of the agreement, the value of sustaining that coalition for its successful implementation, and the views that we have expressed.
We trust also that they appreciate that these views are shared by a majority of the United States’ most loyal allies, including the members of the European Union and the European members of NATO.”
1. George Robertson, (Lord Robertson, former NATO Secretary General, former Secretary of State for Defence)
2. Michael Boyce, (Admiral the Lord Boyce, former Chief of the Defence Staff and First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy)
3. Margaret Beckett MP, (former Foreign Secretary)
4. Des Browne (Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Defence Secretary)
5. Alan West (Lord West, First Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy)
6. David Owen (Lord Owen, former Foreign Secretary)
7. Tom King (Lord King of Bridgwater, former Defence Secretary)
8. John Kerr (Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, former British Ambassador to the United States)
9. Shirley Williams (Baroness Williams of Crosby, former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords)
10. David Hannay (Lord Hannay of Chiswick, former British Ambassador to the European Communities and the UN)
Yesterday Wednesday 15 July, the Top Level Group and the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation jointly hosted a parliamentary briefing on the Iranian nuclear deal with expert speaker Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme at the Institute for International and Strategic Studies (IISS). The event was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick.
Dr Fitzpatrick briefed the audience on the positive and negative aspects of the deal highlighting key details and subtleties of the reached agreement and shed light on some of the consequences for the global non-proliferation regime.
TLG members Lord West of Spithead, Baroness Williams of Crosby, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen and Lord Boyce also attended the briefing.
For a summary of Dr Fitzpatrick’s remarks, please click here.
On Wednesday 17th June 2015 two leading experts on the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Dr Bruno Tertrais and ELN Research Director Lukasz Kulesa, briefed members of the TLG on prospects for a deal and what form it should take. The event,’The devil is in the details: What could a deal with Iran look like?’ was chaired by TLG member Lord Hannay of Chiswick. TLG members Lord Browne of Ladyton, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, Lord King of Bridgwater and Lord Owen also attended.
For more information about the event and for a detailed summary of the proceedings, please click here.
The event was co-organised by the European Leadership Network, the APPG on Global Security and Non Proliferation, and the European Foundation for Democracy.