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Iran nuke problem should be settled with flexibility, creativity

March 09, 2012, 1:39 UTC+3

Grigory Berdennikov appealed to Iran and IAEA “to show a creative approach to set concrete parameters for the future work on remaining problems.”

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VIENNA, March 9 (Itar-Tass) —— IAEA Governor from Russia, Ambassador Grigory Berdennikov appealed to Iran and the Secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) “to show a creative approach to set concrete parameters for the future work on remaining problems.”

“We should rely on those elements, where the parties concerned have no disagreements, particularly ensuring security, confidentiality of information and the regulated access to Iranian sites and to bring all the work in the field as quickly as possible,” Berdennikov said at a session on the IAEA Board of Governors in Vienna on Thursday.

“Both sides began a dialogue on the issues remaining unsettled in the Iranian nuclear program and are about to begin the concrete work in this sphere,” the Russian representative stated. “It is clear that to clarify all issues for two rounds of negotiations is a hardly accomplishable task,” he noted. “Now the most important thing is to provide necessary conditions to form a stable mechanism, which will make it possible to eliminate ‘blind spots’ in the Iranian nuclear program gradually and within a mutual respectful dialogue step by step,” he said.

“We believe that both sides should show flexibility and take into account legitimate interests of each other,” he went on to say. “We believe it important and urge Tehran to take it with understanding that the work to settle the remaining problems should be done on the basis of the IAEA inspecting practice.”

“Russia always called for a political and diplomatic settlement of the Iranian nuclear problem,” Berdennikov pointed out. “We intend to adhere to this policy in the future and hope that other sides concerned will also closely compare their actions with the interests to attain a comprehensive settlement through negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program. We have made major efforts recently to resume the dialogue between Iran and the Sextet, and we are convinced that the practical results in the work between Iran and the IAEA make it possible to create the necessary positive atmosphere for fruitful negotiations between Iran and the Sextet.

A Chinese representative has made a statement on behalf of the Sextet of mediators at a session of the IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday. He noted the need for the soonest achievement of an agreement on a constructive approach to the settlement of the remaining problems, which particularly concern a probable military dimension of the Iranian nuclear program. He expressed regret that Iran continues uranium enrichment at the facilities in Fordo and Natanz and urged Tehran to the complete fulfilment of relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors.

The Sextet of mediators confirmed in its statement that their common goal is to attain a comprehensive and long-term solution, which will be reached in negotiations on the basis of mutual accord and a gradual approach and will make it possible to restore trust of the world community in the absolutely peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Sextet also confirmed their adherence to a diplomatic settlement of the Iranian problem and that they are ready to resume negotiations with Iran. The Sextet of mediators urged Tehran to get back to the table of negotiations without any preconditions that will make it possible to lift all concerns of the world community and discuss concrete measures to build up trust.

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