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G8 urges Israel, Palestine back to talks
Latest Updated by 2006-06-30 08:51:51
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Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) major industrial powers on Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to create favorable conditions in which they would be able to return to the negotiating table.

G8 foreign ministers called on Israel to "exercise utmost restraint" in the current crisis, said a joint statement after their meeting in Moscow.

"The detention of elected members of the Palestinian government and legislature raises particular concerns," the ministers said.

The Israeli army detained eight Hamas-led cabinet ministers and 21 lawmakers mainly representing the Hamas movement in a predawn sweep on Thursday after Palestinian militant groups refused to free an Israeli soldier who was abducted by Palestinian militants on Sunday.

A 19-year-old Israeli, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was seized early Sunday during a raid on a military outpost near the Gaza border, sparking the latest crisis between the Israelis and Palestinians.

"We confirmed the position of the international mediators on the Middle East settlement in the wake of the recent worsening of relations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference after the meeting.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at press conference that the ministers "called on the Palestinian government and other parties to secure the release of the Israeli soldier."

"We are also asking Israel to exercise restraint, because with restraint perhaps we can get back to a place where there can be hope again for a peace process," Rice said.

The G8 ministers gathered here to prepare for the group's summit scheduled for mid-July in St. Petersburg as Russia is chairing the group for the first time.

The G8 consists of the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.

G8 wants Iranian response next week

Foreign ministers from the Group of Eight (G8) major industrial powers said on Thursday they wanted a "clear and substantive" response from Iran next week to the international nuclear offer.

"We are disappointed in the absence of an official Iranian response to the positive proposal," the ministers said in a statement issued at the end of their meeting in Moscow.

"We expect to hear a clear and substantive Iranian response" at the planned meeting on July 5 of EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran's top negotiator Ali Larijani, the ministers added.

Tehran is studying an international package of incentives aimed at persuading it to halt nuclear enrichment, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said his country would formally reply to the six-nation proposals by mid-August.

The offer, details of which have not been made public, was backed by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany and presented to Iran by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana.

The call on Iran to respond quickly to the offer came as G8 ministers met for the last time before a summit of G8 leaders in St. Petersburg in two weeks' time.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the offer as positive and being made in good faith.

The United States has accused Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under a civilian front, but Iran has repeatedly said its nuclear program is for peaceful purpose.

"We did not discuss anything beyond the offer, which we all made in good faith to Iran, which is a positive offer, and we expect a positive response," Lavrov said.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said G8 ministers expect a "serious response" from Iran and will assess "where we are" after Solana meets Larijani on July 5.

"We expect the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany, China, Russia, the United States and France, and also the European Union's high representative for common foreign and security policy to come up with their assessment by mid-July," the G8 ministers said in the statement.

G-8 urges swiftest response from Iran to nuclear proposals

The Group of Eight (G-8) nations urged Iran to give the swiftest response to the six-nation proposals concerning its nuclear program, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said here on Thursday.

"We are expecting the soonest official and specific reply of Tehran to these proposals," Lavrov told reporters after a meeting of G-8 foreign ministers.

The ministers agreed that foreign ministers of the six countries would offer an evaluation of the situation around the Iranian nuclear program by mid-July.

"We expect the foreign ministers of Britain, Germany, China, Russia, the United States and France, and also the European Union's high representative for common foreign and security policy to come up with their assessment by mid-July," the ministers said in a statement after the meeting.

Editor: Yan

By: Source: China View website
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