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Brazil wants Iran sanctions dropped

19 May 2010 12:03

After Iran issued a declaration seeking to end the country’s nuclear dispute, Brazil says slapping a new round of UN Security Council sanctions against Tehran would jeopardize a peaceful solution to case.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, whose country is a non-permanent member at the UNSC, warned against the approval of any draft resolution on Iran, saying the move would provoke a chain of reactions.

Referring to the fact that the newly-issued nuclear declaration would usher in a new era of talks on Iran’s nuclear activities, Amorim said that ignoring the statement would result in failure of all efforts aimed at achieving a peaceful solution.

“I think that ignoring this agreement would be despising a peaceful solution, so I believe there is no way of doing so,” Amorim said.

He added that the best way to guarantee a halt to the dispute over Iran’s nuclear standoff was to implement the nuclear declaration.

The remarks came as the US announced on Tuesday that an agreement was made among all veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council on a draft sanctions resolution against Iran.

Meanwhile, Brazilian ambassador to the UN Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti told Brazil’s Globo News television that she would not take part in UNSC talks on the new draft resolution against Iran.

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