Qatar Urges Dialogue Between Iran and the U.N.
Reporting from the United Nations -- Dec. 21, 2006
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The Security Council at the United Nations is trying to wrap up its year. One outstanding issue has been how the Security Council will respond to Iran's determination to have a uranium enrichment capacity.

Iran maintains that this capacity is only for peaceful purposes. Some countries in the Security Council say that they don't trust that Iran's motives are for peaceful purposes.

In a brief discussion with some members of the media on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser -- who holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council for December -- was asked about the status of the current negotiations among the members of the Security Council on a draft resolution about Iran.

He explained that a text of a draft for a final resolution on Iran was given to all members on Wednesday. He and the other members had sent the text to their respective governments by Wednesday evening. He indicated that he had not yet received instructions from his government regarding the resolution.

The ambassador was asked a question whether the Security Council's draft resolution recognized the feeling of the Iranian people that their country had the right to the peaceful development of nuclear material. (9:16 minutes into the Webcast.)

Responding as a representative of Qatar, and not in his official capacity as Security Council President, the ambassador indicated that Qatar's argument is that the situation with Iran requires political dialogue, not sanctions and resolutions.

Sanctions, he indicated, would create problems, not solve them.

Qatar's position has been that the whole Middle East is going through a difficult time. In such a situation, he asked the question:

"Do we need to create another problem? Or do we need a solution?"

He proposed that what is happening in different countries in the Middle East is related. That you couldn't separate what is happening with Iran from what is happening in Iraq or from Lebanon or from the Palestinian conflict with Israel.

"It seems we are really facing a very complicated situation. We live there so we know what is going to happen. We are worried about this matter," he told reporters.

He said that Qatar encouraged Iran to cooperate with the U.N.

In response to another question, and again speaking as a representative of Qatar, he said:

"We are not in favor of any resolution or any outcome, especially putting sanctions."

He proposed the need for other countries that have some influence with Iran to help find a way to develop trust and to help make dialogue possible.

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