Cables show US concern at Swiss-Iran plan

December 12, 2010 19:13


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GENEVA — German magazine Der Spiegel reports that leaked diplomatic cables show the United States was concerned Switzerland was sending a "wrong message" to Iran on the issue of its nuclear program.

The cables obtained by WikiLeaks and published Sunday by Der Spiegel claim Switzerland's independent efforts to pursue a so-called "Swiss Plan" undercut international pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear program.

A 2008 cable apparently written by the then US ambassador in Bern notes that the plan backed by Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey appeared mainly aimed at raising her own profile.

Ambassador Peter R. Coneway says the Swiss proposal "has on several occasions sent the wrong message to Iran" since Switzerland represents US consular interests in Teheran.

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