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FM: First stage of Geneva agreement on Iran should be begun implementing January 20

January 13, 2014, 18:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, January 13. /ITAR-TASS/. The implementation of the first stage of the Geneva agreement on Iran should be started on January 20, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s press service reported on Monday.

“The first stage, which will take six months to be implemented, will make it possible to remove priority concerns of the six countries over Iran’s nuclear programme and reinforce international control over Tehran’s nuclear activity,” the report says.

“The United States and the European Union intend to take return steps towards easing unilateral sanctions against Iran,” it adds.

“We note that after the three rounds of talks at the level of experts in Geneva on January 12 and the meeting between EU foreign policy deputy chief Helga Schmidt and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi the parties succeeded in coordinating technical details and models for implementing the first stage of the Joint Plan of Action of November 24, 2013,” the ministry said.

The successful implementation of the first stage will create necessary conditions for working out documents that will result in final and comprehensive settlement of Iran’s nuclear programme, the ministry said.

“We urge all involved parties to continue constructive cooperation. Now it is extremely important to preserve the spirit of joint work and refrain from statements and actions, which are able to have a negative impact on the talks. Russia will do everything possible to make the development of Iran talks positive and achieve the final resolution of the problem by talks,” the ministry said.

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