Remarks Regarding the Agreement on Iran's Nuclear Program

May 17, 2010

The resolute endeavours, which have been pursued for long time by Turkey with a view to overcoming the problems related to Iran's nuclear program, have reached an important phase with the Joint Declaration signed by H.E. Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Mottaki, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran and H.E. Mr. Amorim, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil in the presence of H.E Prime Minister Erdogan, H.E. Mr. Ahmedinejad, President of Iran and H.E. Mr. Lula, President of Brazil in Tehran today (17 May 2010). We would like to express our thanks to the people of Iran for their confidence bestowed upon Turkey throughout this process.

In accordance with the Declaration, Iran has accepted to deliver 1200 kg Low Enriched Uranium from its stocks to Turkey in exchange for the provision of nuclear fuel for medical purposes to Tehran Research Reactor. The implementation of this agreement will be subject to arrangements to be determined between Iran on the one hand and the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA), USA, the Russian Federation and France on the other. With a view to implementing the said agreement, Turkey will not fail Iran's, nor the international community's trust in her and through an arrangement, details of which will be determined, will fully fulfill her responsibilities.

Thanks to the Joint Declaration, a new and important opportunity has been created to re-start the dialogue between Iran and the international community and to conclude this process with a lasting reconciliation in conformity with the rights and obligations based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

With the acceptance of the Joint Declaration, Iran has met the expectations of the international community. Persistent diplomatic efforts and the negotiation process have been effective in producing this outcome. At the same time, this development has demonstrated once again that resolution could be reached through diplomacy and that all means should be mobilized to that effect. We appreciate the support lent by Brazil to Turkey in this process.

Turkey looks forward to the implementation of the understanding outlined in the Joint Declaration and to the international community's active contributions in taking this process forward.