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India favors resolution of Iran nuclear issue within IAEA

New Delhi, Nov 21, IRNA-The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, in its meeting with Left parties today, has agreed to support a proposal to settle the Iran nuclear issue within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Briefing reporters after the UPA-Left Coordination Committee meeting held this noon and chaired by Indian Prime Minister Dr.

Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that views were exchanged on India's stand on the Iran nuclear issue, adding that the government of India's latest position is in favor of having the issue remain within the jurisdiction of the IAEA.

He said that the Indian government is not in favor of having Iran's nuclear case referred to the United Nations Security Council as it believes it can be peacefully resolved through diplomatic efforts within the IAEA framework as well.

Sitaram Yechuri, spokesman of the Left parties in the Coordination Committee meeting, also emphasized that India ought to support Iran's genuine and legal endeavor toward acquiring peaceful nuclear capability.

He said Iran is an "old friend" of India and has stood by New Delhi on various occasions and, therefore, "deserves our support at this point of time."

The Left parties in recent weeks had been arranging meetings and holding protest marches against India's vote in favor of the EU-3 resolution against Iran's nuclear program on September 24 at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA in Vienna.

The Left parties have strongly demanded that the UPA government reverse its position in favor of Iran at the upcoming November 24 scheduled meeting of the IAEA or face their ire.

... Payvand News - 11/21/05 ... --

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