Further Iran-5+1 talks require West to build confidence: MP

April 11, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN – MP Kazem Jalali has said the continuation of talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany) requires the West to take confidence-building steps.

“Today, Iran has no confidence in the West because they reneged on their commitments with regard to the issues including uranium enrichment, modality, and the supply of fuel for the Tehran research reactor. They even did not abide by their commitments in the first and second rounds of talks in Geneva,” Jalali told reporters in Tehran on Sunday.
Jalali, who is the rapporteur of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made his remarks in response to a question about EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s recent letter to Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili.
“It was Westerners who had left the negotiating table and the West must take measures to win back the confidence of the nation and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. And it is possible only if they come back to the negotiating table,” Jalali added.
“However, the negotiations must be conducted within the framework (of the previous agreements) and must be purposeful,” he stated.
The Iranian lawmaker went on to say that negotiation is the best way to settle the dispute between Iran and the West over the Islamic republic’s nuclear energy program.
Iran will never relinquish its right to obtain access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes, the MP asserted.
Jalali added, “Iran made the right to nuclear energy an international demand. Iran’s behavior also shed light on the discriminatory and double-standard approaches adopted by the West.”
In addition, the Islamic Republic raised questions about the violation of international law by the major powers with regard to the nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, he noted.
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Asked about the unfolding events in Libya, Jalali said, “The presence of foreign forces in Libya has further complicated the situation in the country, and they have not yet been able to take any serious measure in support of the people.”
On the recent trip made by an African delegation to Libya, which is meant to help settle the crisis in the country, Jalali said, “It seems improbable that such talks will yield any result.”
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Replying to a question about the escalating violence in Bahrain, Jalali said, “Saudi Arabia’s interventionist actions and the Bahraini government’s crackdown of people have created a rift between the government and the Bahraini people.”
The rift that has been opened between the Al-Khalifa government and the people is “unhealable”, he stated.
Jalali also said that the abuse of the Peninsula Shield security pact to legitimize foreign military intervention in Bahrain and quell the uprising in the country is “unacceptable”.
In 1984, the PGCC decided to create a joint military force called the Peninsula Shield Force. The Peninsula Shield Force is intended to deter and respond to military aggression against any of the PGCC member countries, namely Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain and other Persian Gulf Arab states assert that the dispatch of Saudi and UAE troops to Bahrain has been carried out based on the Peninsula Shield security pact