IAEA Board Meetings Open 28 February in Vienna
IAEA Board Chair Ingrid Hall of Canada, flanked by Director General ElBaradei and Mr. Kwaku Aning, Secretary of Policy-making Organs. (Credit: Calma/IAEA)
The 35-member IAEA Board of Governors opens its next meetings in Vienna 28 February. Items on the agenda principally are related to the IAEA's work in areas of nuclear safeguards and safety. The Board also is considering the appointment of the Director General for a four-year term beginning 1 December 2005. (See Related Resources.)
In his introductory statement, IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to brief the Board on the Agency's implementation of safeguards agreements with Iran, the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (North Korea), and Egypt. In an interview with the Washington Post published 16 February, Dr. ElBaradei addressed aspects of the IAEA's verification in Iran and North Korea.
Regarding safeguards in Egypt, the Director General has circulated his report to the IAEA's Member States. Unless the IAEA Board decides otherwise, the document’s circulation is restricted and it cannot be released to the public. The report addresses recent IAEA inspections and verification work in Egypt under the country's comprehensive safeguards agreement.