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EU's Solana Arrives In Tehran

Javier Solana (file photo) (AFP) June 5, 2006 -- The European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, has arrived in Tehran to meet with Iranian leaders on June 6 and deliver an international proposal aimed at ending the standoff over the country's controversial nuclear program.

The package was agreed last week by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, plus Germany. If offers incentives if Iran halts uranium enrichment, but also threatens penalties if it defies international demands.

Details of the package have not been released.

Iranian officials have said they would consider the package, but have rejected any preconditions for talks.

Iran has so far refused to freeze uranium enrichment, insisting its program is only for peaceful purposes. The United States and its allies fear Iran is seeking to produce atomic weapons.

EU officials say Solana will only present the package and won't be negotiating with Iranian officials.

Solana told reporters at Tehran airport that the West wants "to start a new relationship on the basis of mutual respect and trust."

He is due to meet on June 6 with Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki and chief nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani.

(compiled from agency reports)

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