Top negotiators for Iran, EU set to meet Wednesday

European Union official: "The principle for the meeting is established. It will seek to see whether we can resume negotiations."

April 20, 2007 16:39
Top negotiators for Iran, EU set to meet Wednesday

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The top negotiators for Iran and the major powers seeking to halt parts of its nuclear program are to meet Wednesday for the first time since February to assess the possibility of resuming negotiations, a European Union official said Friday. "The principle for the meeting is established. It will seek to see whether we can resume negotiations," said a European Union official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly. No further details for the meeting between EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and top Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani were announced. "It will not be negotiations in themselves. We will examine the possibilities of what can be done," the official said. "We have to meet and talk." Solana led largely unsuccessful international diplomatic efforts for months to persuade Iran to stop uranium enrichment before the UN first decided to impose sanctions in December. He last met with Larijani at a security conference in February in Munich, Germany. Solana negotiates on behalf of permanent UN Security Council members the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China, as well as Germany.

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