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India will work with China and Russia for solution on Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Oct. 28, IRNA
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India will now work with China and russia, as well as the European Union, to reach a "mutually acceptable solution" on Iran before the November meeting of the IAEA board of governors in vienna.

Under domestic flak for voting in favor of the EU three resolution at the last meeting, the government has stated that it would like to avoid any reference of Iran to the UN Security Council, and would try to ensure that the issue is settled "amicably" within the IAEA itself.

Judging from reports in the Russian and Iranian press, external affairs minister Natwar singh has had a highly successful visit to Moscow where he attended the Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting.

He held a half hour bilateral meeting with Iranian vice-president Perviz Davoodi after which the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson here announced that India would work actively with Russia, China and the European Union to reach a mutually acceptable solution for Iran when the IAEA board of governors meets again in Vienna.

According to an english daily "Asian Age" the decision to work with China and Russia is clearly a move to counter the criticism that New Delhi was under pressure from the US to take a position against Iran.

The slight shift in position comes on the eve of the national campaign being launched by the Left Front and regional parties against the government's decision to vote for the EU3 resolution at the last IAEA meeting.

The Left parties submitted a detailed note at the UPA-Left coordination committee meeting on Thursday urging India to abstain if it finds consensus to be lacking.

The Left parties have demanded that if the issue comes for voting on November 24, India should insist that the issue is resolved through negotiations, that Iran has the right to have a peaceful nuclear program, that it must abide by its treaty obligations, and that possibilities exist for setting the issue within the IAEA.

In its note, the Left parties said India should not repeat its mistake.

India should stick to its principled position that the matter should be resolved through negotiations.

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