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Iranian nuclear programme/Baghdad meeting – Statement by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs (24 May 2012)

The E3+3 group (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China) met Iran in Baghdad on 23 and 24 May. The purpose of the meeting was to continue the talks on the Iranian nuclear programme renewed in Istanbul on 14 April.

The members of the group presented to their Iranian interlocutors a package of concrete measures to build confidence that the Iranian nuclear programme is exclusively for civilian purposes. Those measures relate to the 20% enrichment activities carried out by Iran, particularly at the Qom site, in breach of the resolutions of the Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors. They would be a first stage towards Iran fully complying with her international obligations.

The talks were lengthy and detailed. They have not yet enabled an agreement to be reached. However, the E3+3 and Iran agreed to continue their discussions in Moscow on 18 and 19 June. Iran must then be in a position to respond constructively to our proposals so that a genuine negotiation process can be embarked upon, leading to concrete results.

Failing this, we shall be prompted to take new measures, in line with the two-pronged approach combining openness to dialogue and sanctions.


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