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Tehran offers 'updated' proposals at nuclear meeting

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-10

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (pictured) presented an "updated" list of proposals on Wednesday to the six-nation "P5+1" working group negotiating with Tehran on its controversial nuclear programme.

AFP - Iran's envoy to the European Union said Wednesday that he had sent a copy of a new package of proposals linked to Iran's nuclear programme to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
   
In a statement, Ambassador Ali Asghar said he delivered to EU headquarters a package on "peace, justice and progress, wide-ranging and constructive negotiations", and addressed to Solana.
   
"In its new version of its proposals that have been updated and compiled in light of the conditions, evolution and recent crises in the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran, while expressing its availability to conduct negotiations with all influential countries in the international community, will use all its power to realise world peace and security, as well as respect for the rights of all nations," he said.
   
No mention was made of Iran's nuclear programme, which Western powers fear Tehran may be using to covertly develop an atomic bomb. Iran insists its programme is for civilian purposes.
   
The office of Solana, who has been trying to get Iran to negotiate with Western powers on a freeze to uranium enrichment in exchange for political and economic incentives, confirmed that a document had been delivered.
   
"The Iranian ambassador to the European Union handed a copy of the Iranian document to the office of Javier Solana," said the spokeswoman for the EU's top diplomat.
   
She declined to discuss its content, saying only: "It's being analysed".
   
The EU has had virtually no contact with Iranian officials involved in the nuclear dossier since the presidential elections in Iran on June 12.
   
 

Date created : 2009-09-09

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