Iran-EU final round of talks may run three days

22nd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

22 March 2005, TEHERAN - The final round of nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union delegation of Germany, Britain and France in Paris might last three days and not the one day previously expected, the Iranian news service Mehr reported on Tuesday.

22 March 2005

TEHERAN - The final round of nuclear talks between Iran and the European Union delegation of Germany, Britain and France in Paris might last three days and not the one day previously expected, the Iranian news service Mehr reported on Tuesday.

Mehr quoted Iranian delegates as saying the talks would most probably be held Wednesday at the French Foreign Ministry and a final result was not expected before Thursday or even Friday.

The news service said the Iranian delegation has already arrived in the French capital and was comprised of nine delegates, including United Nations envoy Mohammad-Javad Zarif, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organisation Mohammad Saaidi, former UN envoy Cyrus Nasseri and the National Security Council's Hussein Mussavian.

The delegation of the EU trio Britain, France and Germany is represented at the deputy foreign ministry level, Mehr reported from Paris.

The meetings will all be held behind closed doors and the results will be summarised by the Iranian delegation in a report to be presented after the talks to the political leadership in Teheran who are then to decide whether to continue the talks, the report said.

While the EU, in line with the United States, wants Iran to cease all nuclear activities, Teheran has only agreed to a temporary suspension of the enrichment process until the end of March or at most until June this year.

The EU has warned Teheran that it will bring the Iranian nuclear case before the United Nations Security Council if the Islamic state did not follow the international demand for cessation of its uranium enrichment process.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say on all state affairs, said on Sunday that Iran would not give up its legitimate right to have peaceful nuclear technology and would not be intimidated by Washington's "warmongering" policies.

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said last week in a press conference that Iran has presented a plan to the EU guaranteeing the peaceful nature of the country's nuclear programme. He however did not disclose the plan which could be the only option to break the current deadlock.

Observers believe that the plan mentioned by Khatami calls for an official guarantee document signed both by Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and registered as a UN document.

Iran is also believed by observers to have proposed international cooperation in its nuclear programme as in the case of the nuclear power plant in the southern Persian Gulf port of Bushehr which is run by Russian experts and therefore acknowledged by the EU.

DPA

Subject: German news

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