Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/iran : Tehran Referred to the Security Council

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/iran : Tehran Referred to the Security Council

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Since the carrot failed to produce any results, the time has come for the stick. With Tehran failing to come up with a positive response to their proposals, the six major powers have decided to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council. On 12 July in Paris, the Foreign Affairs Ministers from the six' (France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia and China) declared their "profound disappointment" at the lack of openness from Tehran more than a month after they presented an offer of cooperation.

Javier Solana, the EU's chief negotiator, gave a very negative account of his meeting with the Iranian negotiator, Ali Larijani, in Brussels on 11 July. "The Iranians have given absolutely no indication of their intention to hold serious discussions on the content of our proposals", said Philippe Douste-Blazy, the French Minister of Foreign Affairs speaking on behalf of the six'. In particular, he pointed out Tehran's refusal to suspend its uranium enrichment and processing activities, which was one of the conditions imposed by the international community before negotiations could be renewed.

"In this context, we have no choice but to turn to the Security Council and to reopen the process which we suspended two months ago", explained Mr Douste-Blazy. The aim will be to pass a Security Council resolution making the suspension of uranium enrichment compulsory by referring to Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, which authorises the imposition of such binding measures. …

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