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Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 27 November 2006, Official Report, columns 470-72W, on Iran, what the terms of the flexibility about the modalities for opening negotiations were that Dr. Solana presented on behalf of the E3+3 during the 6th June 2006 and September 2006 discussions with Dr Larijani. (123866)

In his contacts with Dr. Larijani in June and September 2006, Dr. Solana explained that in order for negotiations to begin on the proposals of the E3+3 (France, Germany, UK + China, Russia, US), Iran would need to address the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council. These include the Security Council's legally binding requirement that Iran should suspend all uranium enrichment related and reprocessing activities. Dr. Solana explained that if Iran did so, we would be prepared to suspend further action against Iran in the Security Council. He indicated that the E3+3 might be prepared to be flexible about the timing and format of any meetings, if Iran was prepared to comply with its obligations. With our support, Dr. Solana is continuing his efforts to encourage Iran back into negotiations and details of his conversations with Dr. Larijani therefore remain confidential.