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EU FMs discussion on Iran to focus on "positive package"

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, May 15, IRNA
EU-Iran-Council
The European Union's Foreign Ministers' Council is to begin discussions on a new package of incentives to Iran over lunch Monday.

EU sources told IRNA that the package has two parts, one containing incentives and the other measures.

"Today the discussion will concentrate on the positive package of incentives," said the sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

The incentives will include closer economic and trade relations, security guarantees and support to the development of a nuclear civilian reactor but on condition that Tehran suspends nuclear- related activity.

The sources did not specify want measures the EU will take in case Iran rejects the new offer.

EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, told reporters in Brussels that "it will be a generous package, a bold package, that will contain issues relating to nuclear, economic matters, and maybe, if necessary, security matters."
In a draft resolution expected to be adopted Monday evening, the Council "reaffirms the right of Iran to the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in conformity with its obligations under the NPT." "Building on the proposals of August 2005 as confirmed by the Council in its February 2006 conclusions, the EU would be prepared to support Iran's development of a safe, sustainable and proliferation- proof civilian nuclear programme, if international concerns were fully addressed and confidence in Iran's intentions established. The EU hopes that Iran will not fail to take up such an offer," said the conclusions, which were seen by IRNA.

No decisions are, however, expected on the EU's offer of package to Iran Monday.

Discussions are expected to continue during the next few days. A meeting of senior EU officials is forseen to take place in London on Friday.

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