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EU FMs support negotiating process with Iran

Brussels, Dec 14, IRNA -- The European Union Foreign Ministers' Council in its meeting in Brussels Monday discussed relations with the Islamic Republic and voiced support to the negotiating process between the EU and Iran.

The full text of the statement issued by the Council is as follows 1. The Council discussed the EU's relations with Iran in the light of the agreement reached with Iran on 15 November 2004 following talks with France, Germany and the UK, supported by the High Representative, and the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors (25-29 November 2004). 2. The Council welcomed the adoption, without a vote, on 29 November 2004 of the Board of Governors' resolution on Iran's nuclear programme and called on Iran to comply fully with its provisions. 3. The Council welcomed the confirmation by the IAEA that Iran had voluntarily suspended all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, thus paving the way for negotiations on a long term arrangement, as provided for in the agreement of 15 November 2004. The Council underlined that sustaining the full suspension of all enrichment related and reprocessing activities is essential for the continuation of the overall process. 4. The Council stressed that a long term arrangement resulting from negotiations, which started on 13 December, will have to provide objective guarantees that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes. 5. The Council underlined its full support for the negotiating process and recalled its commitment to contribute to a positive outcome. In light of the IAEA's confirmation of full suspension, it confirmed that the EU would resume negotiations with Iran on a draft EU-Iran Trade and Cooperation Agreement together with parallel negotiations on a political agreement. It confirmed the EU's readiness to explore ways to further develop political and economic co-operation with Iran, following action by Iran to also address the other concerns of the EU regarding the fight against terrorism, human rights and Iran's approach to the Middle East Peace Process.

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