Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, on Behalf of the EU Presidency, On a Compromise Proposal with Iran (Excerpts)

European Union Presidency
September 21, 2006

Negotiated settlement with Iran is still in the cards, said Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, representing the EU Presidency, in New York on Thursday, 21 September. Tuomioja had a meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday.

According to Tuomioja, the United Nations General Assembly ministerial week is trying to push forward several peace processes to end some of the most prolonged world conflicts, such as Sudan and the Middle East. Iran's uranium enrichment programme is among the hot issues discussed in various meetings in New York.

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Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki discussed current affairs in New York. "With regard to Iran, the UN Security Council has made the decisions and adopted the resolutions although they have not been adhered to. However, a negotiated settlement is still in the cards. The EU's High Representative Javier Solana is fully mandated and working on the negotiations issue a few more days", said Tuomioja.

A compromise proposal which would include the suspension of uranium enrichment by Iran for a specific period or during the negotiations has been discussed with Tehran. The willingness of the world community to impose sanctions on Iran has somewhat diminished due to the tension in the Middle East.

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