SUPPORTING A FRAMEWORK FOR NUCLEAR DEAL WITH IRAN
Because: Unitarian Universalist Principles affirm the worth and dignity of every person, justice in human relations, and the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
Whereas: The P5+1, (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany), international negotiators, have developed a framework that can ensure Iran can only have a peaceful nuclear program through rigorous inspections and verification;
Whereas: Unitarian Universalists have long supported nuclear non-proliferation negotiations because diplomacy is far better than war;
Whereas: In 2008 the General Assembly passed an Action of Immediate Witness, “Oppose a U.S. Attack on Iran,” calling for negotiations for a nuclear weapons—free Middle East, as required by United Nations Security Council Resolution 687;
Whereas: Iran has accepted the maximum level of transparency and verification ever during the history of proliferation, beyond the current nonproliferation treaty (NPT).
Whereas: Iran has an indispensable role to play in negotiations to curb sectarian violence, curb wider war, and offer hope to regional refugees;
Whereas: In 2010 the General Assembly passed the Statement of Conscience “Creating Peace” in which “We covenant to advocate vigorously for policies and participate in practices that move our nation toward collaborative leadership in building a peaceful, just, and sustainable world;”
Therefore, be it resolved: The 2015 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association affirms the right of all nations and peoples of the region to peace and security and calls upon member congregations to urge Congress to
Support the framework for a nuclear deal with Iran and ongoing negotiations
Reject any measures that sabotage diplomacy.
The Unitarian Universalist Peace Ministry Network team, UUPMN.