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6/28/05

Greens in the European Parliament support dialogue with Iran, but call for "positive signals" from Tehran

Brussels, June 27, IRNA-The Greens party in the European Parliament Monday voiced support to the dialogue between Iran and Europe but also urged Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give "some long-overdue positive signals."

Angelika Beer, German Green MEP and chairperson of the European Parliament's Iran delegation (committee), and member of the EP foreign affairs committee in a statement said "For us Europeans the criteria concerning continued cooperation with Iran remain the same: "we support ongoing negotiations between the 'EU3' and Iran in order to impede and control possible military usage of Iran's nuclear programme, as well as a profound improvement of human rights standards." "Concerning the latter we assume that the Iranians will not postpone previously scheduled negotiations." Beer said,

"President Ahmadinejad could easily give some long-overdue positive signals, and thus calm the understandable fears of a conservative takeover. ''

"The release of both the opposition politician Akbar Ganji and an imprisoned journalist and 'blogger', could be considered a first step towards ensuring constructive relations between Iran and the EU," said the statement.

Beer, however, said that "at first sight the Iranian people have elected a new President with a convincing majority. However, as in the past, these elections cannot be called democratic."

"The Council of Guardians, itself lacking democratic legitimacy, accepted only 8 out of 1,000 candidates during the preliminary election stages. All female candidates were generally excluded." "In applying an undemocratic election procedure, Iran's present leadership has missed an opportunity to develop guidelines for a secure future."

"President-elect Ahmadinejad will, from now on, have to demonstrate how he intends to cope with severe economic, social and foreign policy challenges," added the statement.

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