EU foreign policy chief upbeat on Iran nuke talks

May 31, 2006 19:07


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The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, said Wednesday he is optimistic about finding a solution to Iran's disputed nuclear program, and hopes that Tehran will accept a package of proposals from five permanent UN Security Council nations and Germany. Describing the proposals expected to be presented to Iran on Thursday as "bold enough, generous enough," Solana said, "It will be for them (Iranians) difficult not to accept to start negotiations around that package," but reiterated that Tehran would have to stop uranium enrichment. Solana declined to give details about the incentives being discussed by China, Russia, France, Britain, the United States and Germany, but said they would include "nuclear matters, ... economic elements and maybe some of a political nature." If Tehran agrees, Solana said, the package could also contain "mechanisms of security to make the whole of the (Arabian) peninsula" a safer place, but gave no details.

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