EU reaches tentative deal to take Iranian opposition group off terror list

January 23, 2009 13:48


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European Union diplomats have reached tentative agreement to remove an Iranian opposition group from the 27-nation bloc's list of terrorist organizations, officials said Friday. A final decision on the status of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran is up to the EU foreign ministers, who meet Monday, said a diplomat who asked not to be named in line with standing practice. Another official dealing with the matter confirmed that the panel of EU ambassadors had agreed to recommend to their foreign ministers that the group be removed from the list of banned organizations despite protests by Iran, where the Mujahedeen are an illegal opposition group. The move could further complicate EU relations with Teheran at a time when the two sides are negotiating over its nuclear program. The Mujahedeen has been on the US State Department's terror list since the mid-1990s.

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