Sunday Apr 07, 201311:33 AM GMT
Iran issues final statement on Almaty 2 talks
Iranian negotiators take part in negotiations with the P5+1 representatives in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5, 2013.
Iranian negotiators take part in negotiations with the P5+1 representatives in the Kazakh city of Almaty on April 5, 2013.
Iran has released a statement following the conclusion of the second round of Almaty 2 talks in Kazakhstan to shed light on the comprehensive negotiations between the Islamic Republic and the the P5+1 group.


The full text of the statements follows.

In the name of God
The Final Almaty statement by the Islamic Republic of Iran

I start by thanking the brotherly government and people of Kazakhstan for hosting the second round of Almaty talks between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the six countries.

Ten months ago in Moscow, the Islamic Republic of Iran tabled a comprehensive plan to help advance the talks.

The plan of action incorporates the revised proposal tabled by 5+1 in Almaty 1 round of talks as well as the recommendations of the technical meeting which was organized between Almaty 1 and 2.

Some of our specific initiatives in response to the points of view tabled by 5+1 were presented in the Almaty 1 meeting which has the capacity to help bring about a forward movement.

In the past two days substantive, extensive and comprehensive discussions, addressing the various dimensions off the plan of action tabled by Iran took place and representatives of the six countries sought numerous clarifications and posed many questions about Iran's proposed plan. In response, Iran provided extensive answers.

Of course there is some distance between the positions of the two sides. The Islamic Republic of Iran has announced on numerous occasions - stressing the rights of the Iranian people including the right to enrich and an end to behaviors which are a sign of enmity towards the people of Iran - based on these two points, the proposal was tabled to help us to proceed in a constructive fashion.

Representatives of the 5+1 group of countries tabled the points of view of their respective countries and announced that they will need to have a better evaluation of the new conditions which have arisen from Iran's initiative. With this in mind it was decided that they will transmit the outcome of the talks to their respective capitals. It was also decided that Lady Ashton, after consulting the foreign ministers of the six countries, will call me to discuss how the process of talks will proceed.

We think that in this round of talks, some good negotiations were conducted, and now in consideration to our new proposals, it is now up to the 5+1 to demonstrate its willingness and sincerity to take proportionate confidence building steps.

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