ElBaradei: We need agreement with Iran

Rome, May 9, IRNA – Former Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday hoped for finalization of nuclear agreement between Iran and Group 5+1 said, ‘We need to have a comprehensive agreement with Iran.’

He made the remarks in a conference dubbed ‘State of the Union’ in northern Italian city of Florence.

IRNA quoting Italian State News Agency (ANSA) reported, ElBaradei said that while logical negotiators are sitting on both sides of the negotiating table ‘I am optimistic for a nuclear agreement. I hope the steps would be finalized.’

He added that of course, ‘We could have reached an agreement 10 years ago with better conditions for west, but anyway we hope the agreement would be finalized, because reaching an agreement is important for nuclear programs of the member countries.’

ElBaradei warned that currently, reaching an agreement with Iran is more difficult. If we took decision separate from the negotiations, it would have no affect and could turn to a world war.

He added that in the past 10 years, I witnessed twice the possibility to reach an agreement with Iran, and also I witnessed twice that the agreement was not achieved because of number of issues. And now the situation is so sensitive that it would be enough someone lighten a match.

ElBaradei said that the Europe role is important in the nuclear talks with Iran and that Europe should understand that it has an important role in management of Arabs revolutions or any other uprising in the world.

He added that common problem of Egypt, Libya and number of Arab countries is related to management of power transfer from an authoritarian regime to a democracy one.

Democracy is not an instant coffee, but combination of bodies and common works and it should not be expected that one country, without having any program for future, would get rid of a dictator and that Europe know the Middle East better than the US.

State of the Union Conference is holding its fifth round this year. The internationally known characters from world politics, universities, trade, leaders and representatives from civil societies discuss and exchange views on future of the European Union from progress to outlooks and forecasts.

By IRNA