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5+1 group meets in London

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, May 24, IRNA
Representatives of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council along with Germany (5+1 Group) met here Wednesday behind closed doors to assess EU3's new proposal.

The British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett in response to the question asked by a member of British parliament about the package of incentives to Iran, refrained from replying and said that it will be publicized later.

The three European countries -- Britain, France and Germany -- are expected to present their proposal to Iran, while in the past they had proposed Iran to suspend uranium enrichment despite its legitimate right to it.

However, Iran did not welcome the proposal and underlined its right to access nuclear energy within the framework of international laws.

It is predicted that in today's meeting in London, similar to the former ones, the participants will be divided into three separate groups including the US, Europe, China and Russia.

The British government underlined on Tuesday that the states wielding veto right at the United Nations Security Council and Germany are in disagreement on the content of the proposed package.

On the threshold of today's meeting, a spokesman for the British Foreign Ministry told IRNA that there are still many items that have yet to be finalized which are being examined.

Admitting the discord among representatives of 5+1, he did not dismiss the prospect that London meeting might fail to reach any final agreement on European proposal.

The meeting was scheduled to be held last Friday. But given difference of views among the member states and the declaration that EU3's proposal was incomplete, the session was postponed to Wednesday.

The current meeting was approved after the former resolution proposed by Britain and France was disapproved by the UNSC and the foreign ministers of the three EU members failed to reach an agreement on Iran's nuclear issue.


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