Astatement from the office of Tony Blair, the British prime minister, backingdirect talks came after a senior Iranian leader said he believedthat bilateral diplomacy may resolve the dispute quickly.
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"Theprime minister remains committed to resolving this by diplomatic means,"the statement from Blair's office said.
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"Onthe basis of these, the prime minister believes that both sides share a desirefor an early resolution of this issue through direct talks," the statementissued by Blair's office said.
Earlier,Margaret Beckett, the British foreign secretary, told reporters: "Weare not seeking confrontation. We are seeking to pursue this through diplomaticchannels."
Thestandoff began when Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized the sailors and marineson March 23 in the northern Gulf, where the British navy has been searchingshipping in an effort to prevent smuggling into
Britishefforts to get the international community to condemn
Larijanileft the door open for discussion about whether the personnel had strayedinto Iranian waters by saying a "delegation" should be sent toclarify the issue.
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