Baird and P5+1 Iran nuclear talks

- June 14th, 2012

Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany are gathering in Moscow later this month for the third round of the so-called P5+1 talks on Iran’s nuclear programs.

While negotiators left the first series of talks in Istanbul in April – after a 15 months hiatus – with a spring in their step, the last round in May nearly ended in collapse.

Canada has been on the sidelines of the talks but Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has never been shy about expressing Canada’s position on the matter.

This week, Baird met with representatives from the P5+1 in Ottawa to talk about the coming Moscow talks in a bid to get Canada a voice at the table. He also apparently is in regular contact with Catherine Ashton, the EU representative and main negotiator behind the talks. (And a baroness)

His message?

Iran shouldn’t be allowed to use the talks as a delay tactic while they continue to refine uranium.

(This essay argues Iran  will come under anew sanctions in July, almost a natural deadline for some progress in the talks.)

Meanwhile, in the run up to the talks scheduled for June 18-19, Iran is demanding the West recognize its right to nuclear energy, while Western countries want Iran to stop enriching uranium.

Categories: Conservatives, Foreign affairs, General

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