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Schroeder calls demands for Iran to give up nuke program "unrealistic"

Berlin, Dec 4 , IRNA -- German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said no country should expect Iran to give up its civilian nuclear program, calling any demand on it to this effect "unrealistic," the daily Die Welt quoted him as saying Saturday.

Asked whether he had any second thoughts about Iran's continued peaceful activities, Schroeder responded, "It might not suit one or the other. But to expect a giving up of the (Iranian) program would be unrealistic."

The German leader also made clear there are no reasons for new demands with regards to the Iranian nuclear program.

"What shall we demand? The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced it ended its special investigations. Iran will now be treated like any other country in the world," he added.

Berlin has repeatedly urged continued negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, rejecting Washington's hardline isolationst stance towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Solana:Iran a key test for EU in 2005

Brussels, Dec 4, IRNA -- Iran will be a key test for the European Union's foreign policy in 2005, according to EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

"The EU and America may have different approaches to Iran but we share the same goal: to avoid a proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)," wrote Solana in his article "The World in 2005" published by the Economist.

"The EU cannot accept the acquisition by Iran of a nuclear-weapons capability. To achieve their shared goal, the EU and America must agree to a balanced and comprehensive package of incentives and disincentives depending on which course of action Iran chooses to take," he wrote.

In Iraq, the EU next year will focus its efforts on providing support ahead of and during the elections.

"We will participate in the reconstruction of key infrastructure. And we will help in efforts to ensure that the elections are as free and fair as possible."

In Afghanistan there is much work still to be done if the progress achieved so far is to be consolidated. After the success of the presidential elections in October 2004, it will be the turn of parliamentary elections.

The international community must maintain its focus on achieving a complete and enduring stabilization, wrote Solana.

"There is another nation that needs to be built if international peace is to be secured. The international community set 2005 as the deadline for the completion of the process leading to a viable, peaceful and democratic Palestinian state."

Much time has been lost, and the calendar has slipped. But the principles for peace set out in the road map remain valid, opined the EU foreign policy chief.

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