|Deal close on Iran's nuclear programme|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Tuesday, 26 September 2006 00:00|
Javier Solana, the High Representative for the European Common, Foreign and Security Policy is in Brussels today, where he is due to meet Iranian nuclear negotiator Larijani for talks. The foreign ministers of the six nations engaged with Iran over its nuclear programme have given Javier Solana two more weeks to reach a deal. According to Solana, Iranian interest in reaching a deal on this issue is at its highest, and it is believed Iran may be willing to suspend Uranium enrichment if a deal is reached. But Iran has demanded the details of any agreement are kept secret, which is bound to raise questions in the six nations. Javier Solana had previously been criticized by EU ministers for not disclosing the details of the offer he presented to Larijani on 06/06/06.
Quote: ""We are working on the meeting with Larijani, but I will not say when nor where until it really happens," she said. "We continue to engage with the Iranians in order to create the conditions for these negotiations." Foreign ministers of the major powers agreed last week in New York to give Solana a few more weeks to try to clinch a deal on launching formal negotiations, setting an unannounced deadline of early October, diplomats said. The Washington Times said under the agreement Iran would halt uranium enrichment for 90 days so additional talks could be held with several European nations.
So things are looking up for Solana in regards to the Iranian crisis. If Solana pulls it off, he will be hailed by world leaders as the man who brought peace to the Middle East - at least temporarily.