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03BRUSSELS5596
2003-12-11 15:48:00
CONFIDENTIAL
USEU Brussels
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EU-IRAN: SOLANA'S JANUARY TRIP TO TEHRAN

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O 111548Z DEC 03
FM USEU BRUSSELS
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE
INFO EU CANDIDATE STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
IRAN COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA PRIORITY
						C O N F I D E N T I A L BRUSSELS 005596 


DEPT FOR NEA/NGA, NP/RA AND EUR/ERA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 12/12/2008
TAGS: PREL ETRD KNNP AA
SUBJECT: EU-IRAN: SOLANA'S JANUARY TRIP TO TEHRAN

REF: BRUSSELS 5536

CLASSIFIED BY: USEU POLOFF LEE LITZENBERGER; REASON 1.5, (B,D)

SOLANA TRIP TO IRAN: KEEPING TEHRAN ON BOARD
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1. (C) EU FM'S ON DECEMBER 9 INVITED EU HIGH REP SOLANA TO
VISIT TEHRAN IN JANUARY TO DISCUSS ALL ASPECTS OF EU
RELATIONS WITH IRAN. ACCORDING TO BJORN LARRSON, SOLANA'S
IRAN/IRAQ POLICY ADVISOR (PROTECT), SOLANA WILL TRAVEL TO
TEHRAN IN THE SECOND HALF OF JANUARY IN PART TO FOLLOW UP ON
THE EU-3 INITIATIVE ON IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, AS REPORTED
REFTEL. LARSSON SAID THAT THE EU-3 COUNTRIES WERE AS EAGER
TO PASS THE ISSUE ON TO SOLANA AS THE EU-12 WERE IN HAVING IT
PASSED. HAVING SOLANA FOLLOW UP IS ONLY LOGICAL, LARSSON
SAID. THE IRANIANS ALWAYS INTERPRETED THE EU-3 TRIP AS AND
EU INITIATIVE. ANOTHER REASON FOR SOLANA'S TRIP, ACCORDING
TO LARSSON, IS SIMPLY TO KEEP THE IRANIANS "ENGAGED" UNTIL
THE NEXT IAEA REPORT IS ISSUED IN FEBRUARY. LARSSON SAID
THAT IAEA DG EL BARADEI HAS TOLD SOLANA THAT HE IS VERY KEEN
FOR THE EU TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH IRAN.

ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH TO RESUME TCA


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2. (C) LARSSON SAID THAT ALTHOUGH THE EU WELCOMED THE NEWS
DECEMBER 12 THAT IRAN WILL SIGN THE ADDITIONAL PROTOCOL, THAT
PROBABLY WILL NOT BE SUFFICIENT FOR THE EU TO RESUME TRADE
AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH TEHRAN. "SIGNING
THE AGREEMENT IS ONE THING; IT'S THE IMPLEMENTATION THAT
COUNTS AND THAT WILL TAKE A LONG TIME," HE SAID.

IRANIANS WANT TCA RESUMED


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3. (C) LARSSON SAID THAT IRAN REALLY WANTS THE TCA TALKS
RESUMED -- THE DECISION BY EU FM'S ON DECEMBER 8 NOT TO
RESUME THESE TALKS WAS WHAT TRIGGERED TEHRAN TO CANCEL NEXT
WEEK'S UPCOMING COMPREHENSIVE DIALOGUE (REFTEL). HE
INDICATED THAT THE EU WOULD HOLD OUT ON RESCHEDULING THE TCA
TALKS UNTIL IRAN DELIVERS SOMETHING MAJOR -- SUCH AS AGREEING
TO PERMANENTLY END -- VICE SUSPEND -- ITS URANIUM ENRICHMENT
PROGRAM. HOWEVER, HE NOTED, THE EU HAS EXPLICITLY NOT SET
ANY SPECIFIC BENCHMARKS FOR RESUMING THE TCA TALKS. TO DO SO
WOULD ONLY ENCOURAGE IRANIAN BARGAINING TO TRY TO STRIKE A
BETTER DEAL.

COMMENT


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4. (C) CURRENTLY, IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS AT THE
FOREFRONT OF EU-IRANIAN POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS, WITH FRANCE
TAKING ONE OF THE TOUGHEST LINES AMONG EU MEMBERS. WE ALSO
NOTE THAT THERE ARE OTHER POLITICAL CONDITIONALITIES THAT THE
EU HAS PLACED ON IRAN: HUMAN RIGHTS, ANTI-TERRORISM AND
SUPPORT FOR MID-EAST PEACE. IT IS NOT CLEAR THAT THE EU
WOULD BE INCLINED TO GIVE THE IRANIAN GOVERNMENT A PASSING
GRADE IN ANY OF THESE OTHER AREAS AT THIS TIME.


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