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Lula urges unbiased UN decision on Iran

16 May 2010 18:15

The Brazilian president has warned against efforts by some members of the UN Security Council to force their decision on others regarding Iran’s nuclear issue.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is on a visit to Iran, reaffirmed his support for a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear issue.

As a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Brazil has been leading efforts to end a standoff between Iran and the West over a nuclear fuel swap deal.

“The Security Council is not the place for some of its members to take a one-sided decision,” IRNA quoted Lula as saying in a Sunday meeting with Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Speaker Ali Larijani.

“Brazil affirms Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology and stresses that a solution should be found through dialogue,” he added.

Iran has welcomed Brazil’s efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff.

Iran, Brazil and Turkey, another non-permanent member of the UNSC, are expected to hold talks on Tehran’s nuclear program on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 15.

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