9 August 2005

Secretary-General Urges Iran’s New President to Exercise Restraint with Nuclear Programme, Continue Negotiations with European Union

NEW YORK, 8 August (UN Headquarters) -- The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General spoke to the newly elected President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, about the Iranian nuclear programme and the negotiations with the European Union-3.

He urged restraint and encouraged the continuation of the ongoing process.  He hopes both sides will remain engaged in search for an acceptable solution.

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