Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja (file photo) (epa)
BRUSSELS, September 15, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today expressed hope for a "breakthrough" in contacts with Iran over the country's nuclear project.
After the meeting, Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja speaking as the current EU chair, said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has the full backing of the entire EU in his negotiations with Tehran.
"We gave our full support to Solana's efforts to find a breakthrough for a diplomatic solution," Tuomioja said. "The package remains there, we hope that we can -- or rather Javier Solana can -- finalize the negotiations in such a way which will pave the way for negotiations meeting the conditions set by the United Nations."
Solana, negotiating on behalf of the so-called EU-3 -- comprising Britain, Germany, and France -- said his contacts with Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani have taken place in a "good atmosphere."
However, Solana said he was uncertain when the next meeting will take place, adding he "does not want to lose momentum."
An EU source present at today's ministers' meeting, told RFE/RL it appears Iran's leaders have yet to decide on a clear course of action.