French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Spokesperson Remarks on Geneva Talks with Iran (Excerpts)

December 8, 2010

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What is your reaction to the Iranian statements following the talks in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday, particularly with respect to a refusal by the Iranian party to discuss the issue of enrichment in Istanbul in January 2011? Also, could you give us more details about what was achieved in the discussions in Geneva and what France's assessment of these talks is?

What is your reaction to the statement by Saeed Jalili, according to which the major powers have accepted Iran's conditions for the next meeting in Istanbul, by agreeing that it will "focus on cooperation and the areas of common interest between the two parties, and not just on the nuclear issue?

The political directors of the "E3+3" (Germany, China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and the High Representative of the European Union) met with Iran on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva and discussed the Iranian nuclear program.

During these two days, the Six reaffirmed the need for Iran to comply with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors and reaffirmed their attachment to a proactive dialogue between the "E3+3" and Iran on the Iranian nuclear program.

Our goal is to restore international confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program. We respect Iran's legitimate right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy but we reaffirm that the exercise of this right is dependent on compliance with all aspects of the NPT.

We remain determined and united with our "E3+3" partners in our efforts for this purpose. The next meeting is scheduled for the end of January in Istanbul and we look forward to Iran's positive and constructive participation in this dialogue.