Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Iran talks likely in Turkey: Solana

Updated on : Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TEHRAN: Negotiations between world powers and Tehran on Iran's nuclear programme scheduled for October 1 will most likely take place in Turkey, the chief Western negotiator said on Tuesday.

"It has not been finally decided, but I think very likely it will be Turkey," EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, who has headed the Western negotiating effort with Iran, told reporters in Brussels when asked where the talks would take place.

Solana said Western policy remained to offer incentives to Iran to abandon a nuclear programme the West suspects is aimed at producing nuclear weapons, while holding out the threat of further sanctions. But he said now was not the time to talk about fresh sanctions.

"At this point in time we are going to try to enter into negotiations," he said. "Let's talk about that."

Iran has agreed to wide-ranging talks with six world powers but has ruled out discussing its nuclear activities, which it says are for peaceful generation of electricity.

The United States and the European Union insist Tehran's nuclear efforts must be the focus of the talks.

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