Former Iranian MPs propose direct Iran-US talks

Iran Materials 16 January 2013 09:59 (UTC +04:00)

Former Iranian parliament MPs have proposed to hold direct talks between Iran and the U.S., Huffington Post reported.

The letter has been signed by former members of the Islamic Iranian Parliament: Ahmad Salamatian, Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari, Rajabali Mazrooei, Nouradin Pirmoazen, Esmail Gerami Moghaddam, Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Seyed Aliakbar Mousavi.

The letter has been written in English and Farsi, and sent away to U.S. president Barack Obama, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, and Supreme Leader of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

"At this juncture, we believe transparent and bilateral dialogue between the U.S. and Iranian governments regarding Iran's nuclear program would be beneficial and effective. We therefore support such a discussion," the letter said.

The letter said continued direct talks without intermediaries could be elevated to the highest levels of both governments.

"By providing more guarantees in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to the conflict, the talks could create fertile ground for serious discussions on many outstanding and complicated problems between the two nations," said the letter.

Former MPs of Iranian parliament in the letter note, that according to international regulations and treaty obligations, Iran has a right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.

"If the 20 percent enrichment of uranium is to be stopped, and 20 percent stock pile should be controlled by IAEA, a long-term guarantee should be given to Iran. This guarantee would provide the sufficient fuel to research reactors, which has only scientific and medical functions," said the letter.