Annan urges Iran to reply sooner to international offer
UNITED NATIONS, June 27 (AFP) Jun 28, 2006
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged Iran to expedite its response to an offer of incentives made by world powers in exchange for halting uranium enrichment, a UN statement said.
Annan conveyed his view to Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York, the statement said.
"The Secretary-General reiterated his suggestion that Iran should speed up its response to the proposals put forward by EU-3, on behalf of the permanent members of the Security Council and Germany," it said.
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Iran would reply by the end of the Iranian month of Mordad, August 20. But Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the United States have indicated that they expect a reply to the June 6 offer much sooner.
Suspending uranium enrichment work is the condition set down by world powers for multilateral talks designed to provide Iran a package of incentives in exchange for guarantees it will not seek to develop nuclear weapons.
But Iran is calling for negotiations without any "preconditions" and says it will give its answer August 22.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.