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Iran and P5+1 discuss approaches of drafting comprehensive agreement — source

May 12, 2014, 17:09 UTC+3
“The starting meeting should define the onward progress, and that is the political directors gather for,” the source added
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VIENNA, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Iran and the six world powers (five permanent UN Security Council members and Germany) haven’t decided yet as to how the text of the final comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program will be drafted. A source familiar with the course of the negotiations said this on Monday before the start of the fourth round of consultation at the level of political directors.

“So far, each has its own idea of the process: some want frames to be set first, and then to start filling the document,” he explained. “Others say the solutions should be developed one by one.”

However, the diplomat noted that “all parties agree that the work on the agreement should be started”. “The starting meeting should define the onward progress, and that is the political directors gather for,” he noted.

Since February, the P5+1 and Iran have held three rounds of negotiations at the level of political directors. These negotiations should end up in a comprehensive agreement, which would close the Iranian nuclear dossier, i.e. would allow verifying the peaceful character of nuclear researches carried out by Tehran and lifting the sanctions regime imposed on Iran.

As diplomatic sources told ITAR-TASS earlier, Iran and P5+1, who started working on the document in February, have defined nine conceptual blocks that should form the basis for the comprehensive agreement. In particular, it comprises the parameters of the program of uranium enrichment, the operations of the research reactor in Arak, international cooperation in the nuclear sphere, verification of the nuclear program by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), aspects of possible military component of the researches carried out, as well as unilateral sanctions and sanctions from the UN Security Council.

The project of this document is based on the Geneva agreement signed in November 2013, which, in particular, stipulates that Iran undertakes to stop enriching uranium for more than 5% and to get rid of half of its stocks of highly enriched uranium. The implementation of Geneva accords started January 20 and is meant for 6 months. The final document, as planned by the parties participating in the negotiations, should be ready until July 20 and replace the interim agreement.

According to IAEA, so far Iran complies with the liabilities undertaken in Geneva. In addition, IAEA and Tehran are holding bilateral consultations at the expert level to solve all points at issue regarding the researches in the nuclear sphere.

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