Iran’s UN Envoy: No Preconditions for Geneva Syria Talks

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Jan. 20, 2014 – Tehran’s envoy to the United Nations in New York on Monday stated that Iran will not participate in the Geneva II Syria talks if it has to accept the Geneva communique.

Here is the response by the mission’s spokesperson, Alireza Miryousefi: “Regarding to the inquiry of the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran concerning the participation of Iran’s Geneva II Conference, the response of permanent representative of Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN, Amb. Khazaee is as follows: The Islamic Republic of Iran appreciates the efforts of the UN Secretary General and his special envoy, Mr. Brahimi in finding a political solution for Syrian crisis. Iran has always been supportive of finding a political solution for this crisis.
“However the Islamic Republic of Iran does not accept any preconditions for its participation in Geneva II conference. If the participation of Iran is conditioned to accept Geneva I communique, Iran will not participate in Geneva II conference.”

The text of the Geneva Communiqué, which was agreed on at a similar but smaller conference in June 2012, is here.