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6/27/05

Solana: EU will continue engagement with Iran

Brussels, June 27, IRNA-European Union High Representative for a Common foreign and security policy, Javier Solana, said Monday that the 25-European bloc will continue its engagement With Iran on the basis of last year's Paris agreement.

"I like to say that with Iran, we would like very much to see engagement from Iran on all the issues that we always had said, on human rights, proliferation, (Middle East) peace process." "Those things for us are very important and if that is the case they know that we would very much like to engage with them on the economic aspects," Solana told reporters in Brussels.

Referring to the EU-Iran nuclear talks in Geneva on 25 May with Iran's national security adviser Hassan Rohani, Solana said "at that time we offered the possibility of presenting to the Iranian leaders around the end of July a comprehensive proposal for them to analyse." "We don't have any reason to change. We continue working in that direction," he said.

Solana explained that was what German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder had proposed on Sunday.

"We take note that elections have taken place. We expect that the most important agreement that we have will be maintained." "But we have to see how the new leadership reacts to these ideas." Asked if he is optimistic on EU-Iran ties, Solana replied "I am in a waiting mode."

In response to IRNA's question on the outcome of the elections in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a landslide victory, Solana replied, "I took note of the elections. I think the most important thing is to wait and see how the words are translated into action."

"I have my doubts about some of the manner the elections have taken place, but in any case I want to wait and see, the actions more than the words," he added.

"Let me tell you very clearly that nothing, nothing, nothing will be accepted by us which is not in the terms of the Paris agreement," he underlined.

Meanwhile, EU diplomatic sources told IRNA that at the end of July or the beginning of August the EU is going to present a "global package" to the Iranians to relaunch the negotiations.

The comprehensive package is not only on nuclear issues but includes economic aspects, technology and security.

"There is no change in this. We will abide by our commitments," said the sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

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