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2006/06

IAEA Director General Encouraged by Meeting on Iran

2 March 2006 |

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei welcomes the high-level meeting between Foreign Ministers of the EU3, the High Representative of the EU and Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Larijani scheduled to take place tomorrow in Vienna.

"I urge all parties to use this opportunity to create the necessary conditions to return to negotiations," Dr. ElBaradei said. "I call on Iran to demonstrate full transparency toward the IAEA to resolve important outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme. I also call on Iran to take all the necessary confidence building measures required to assure the international community of the peaceful nature of its nuclear programme," he said. "As the negotiations proceed, it will be essential for all parties to specifically address the security, political and economic issues that underlie any future comprehensive settlement."

"Only through these two tracks full transparency on the part of Iran and negotiations with all concerned parties can confidence be established regarding the nature of Iran´s nuclear programme and a durable solution be found," Dr. ElBaradei said.