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G77 states oppose referral of Iran's case to UN Security Council

Vienna, Sept 20, IRNA-The group of states representing G77 in the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Board of Governors voiced opposition against referral of Iran's case to the UN Security Council.

An IAEA diplomat told IRNA that India, leading the Board's G77 members, announced that New Delhi has no inclination to pile up pressures on Iran and wants settlement of the crisis within the IAEA frame.

The diplomat said that India has explicitly joined Russia and China in opposing Iran's referral to the UN Security Council.

He said that the G77, led by India, has in talks with other IAEA Board members, especially with the US and European parties, said that present conditions do not provide an appropriate time for sending the dossier to the UN Security Council.

The G77 considers and stresses continuation of talks for settlement of disputes and ending Iran's nuclear crisis as the best option.

Russia, China and 13 non-aligned states at the Board of Governors have also voiced their explicit disagreement to referring Iran's dossier to the UN Security Council.

Diplomats say in Vienna that four EU members, including Italy, Spain, Portugal and Austria, have also protested referral of the case, saying it would create a rift in the Union.

The rift has delayed compilation of the EU proposal's draft resolution against Iran in order for approval at the Board of Governors.

Western diplomats had in talks with reporters Monday night claimed the EU had distributed copies of its draft resolution against Iran.

The EU3 envoys have however maintained it was not a draft resolution but an early note not ratified at the EU troika.

The EU3 envoys said the text had illegally been put at the disposal of reporters and can not be considered a draft.

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