Turkey says stands behind Iran deal with 'no' vote

Davutoglu said that they had assured validity of the Tehran Agreement by voting against the UN resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

Turkey says stands behind Iran deal with 'no' vote

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that they had assured validity of the Tehran Agreement by voting against the UN resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

In an interview with the Channel 24 TV, Davutoglu said, "many countries including those which voted in favor of the UN resolution today, considered the Tehran Agreement signed by Turkey and Brazil as a great achievement. The Vienna Group also referred to the Tehran Agreement in its letter about Iran's nuclear program."

Asked whether the Tehran Agreement was still in force following approval of the UN resolution, Davutoglu said, "actually, we have assured validity of the Tehran Agreement by voting against the UN resolution today."

"If Iran had been totally isolated and if we had not declared that we stood behind the Tehran Agreement, there would have not been any negotiation ground with Iran," he said.

Asked whether Turkey's decision would have a negative impact on relations with the United States, Davutoglu said, "following the Tehran Agreement, our attitude crystallized. Turkey paved the way for U.S. President Barack Obama's policies with every step it took. We have always informed the U.S. administration on our attitude."

"As of tomorrow morning, we will intensify our diplomatic efforts. There are two options: Leaders could think about sitting at the negotiation table with Iran to resolve the issue through diplomacy and to put into practice the Tehran Agreement; and Iran could join the negotiation process. If these two processes work together, the resolution can be invalidated," he said.

"If all those efforts are ignored, it will be impossible to carry out the peace processes about Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Today's decision was made without taking into consideration all those regional impacts," he added.

"In favor of diplomacy"

Turkey's permanent representative to the United Nations said that Turkey was in favor of a diplomatic and peaceful solution regarding Iran's nuclear issue.

Turkey's Permanent Representative Ertugrul Apakan delivered a speech at the UN Security Council.

If Tehran agreement was put into practice, it could contribute to a solution of nuclear program problems in a positive and constructive atmosphere, he said.

"We believe that there is no alternative to diplomatic and peaceful solution," he said. Apakan said that they signed Tehran Agreement on fuel-swap with Brazil (and Iran).

Apakan said they had some concerns that new sanctions on Iran could damage positive atmosphere and diplomatic process created by Tehran Agreement.

Turkey's saying "no" the resolution imposing sanctions against Iran did not mean that Turkey did not attach importance to problems stemming from Iran's nuclear program, he said.

Apakan said they expected Iran to work in accordance with the Tehran Agreement.

The resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran was approved earlier in the day with 12 'yes' votes, two 'no' votes from Brazil and Turkey, and one abstention from Lebanon.

"Contacts"

Turkish Prime Ministry sources said in a statement that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a series of talks prior to the voting at the UN Security Council.

"Prime Minister Erdogan talked to U.S. President Barack Obama, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Lebanese President Saad Hariri on phone," it said.

"Turkey voted 'no' and stood behind the Tehran Agreement. Turkey has advocated resolving the Iranian issue through diplomacy from the very beginning. Turkey believes that diplomacy is still an option to solve the problem. Turkey will continue launching initiatives to this end," it said.


Agencies

 

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