Ankara expects road map agreed for upcoming nuclear talks

Ankara expects road map agreed for upcoming nuclear talks

Michael Mann (Photo: Cihan)

April 14, 2012, Saturday/ 14:16:00/ GÖZDE NUR DONAT

Turkey expects Iran and world powers to agree on a road map that would lay the ground for prospective round of talks on Iran’s suspected nuclear program, Turkish diplomatic source said.

“The greatest achievement would come out from this meeting would be the continuation of the talks,” a Turkish diplomat, who wanted to remain anynoumous due to the sensitivity of the issue, said.

He said Turkey doesn’t expect a miracle to happen and the sides will negotiate about all their problems. He added that there will certainly be other round of talks and the most important thing is to make sure that the talks between the sides continue,” the diplomat said.

“Turkey is not in the negotiating room, but we are ready to involve if the sides cannot negotiate,” the same official added.

The İstanbul talks on Saturday are the first between P5+1 and Iran in the last 14 months.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili had talks on Friday evening on the eve of nuclear talks.

“We have achieved what we need to achieve from these [Friday evening’s] talks, the real substance is today,” said Michael mann, Ashton’s spokesperson, on Saturday.

“The main thing we want to get a sort of basis for having a concrete progress, a ground that we can move on in these talks and reassure international community of Iran’s intensions to follow its international obligations,” Mann said.

Mann noted that Western governments are anticipating Saturday talks would be far better than first round of talks with Iran. He expressed that recent sanctions by US and EU on Iran would be more pressing for Iran to compromise with the intentions of the rest.

“We got the impression that Iranians are more serious to discuss their nuclear program this time,” Mann claimed.

İstanbul was again the venue for the first round of talks between P5+1 and Iran in January 2011. No breakthrough has been achieved from these talks.

He did not make clear that if there are another round of talks in a short-term. “To hold talks in Baghdad is highly dependent on today’s [Saturday’s] talks,” Mann asserted.


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