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Six Countries and Iran Hold Talks in Geneva

On October 1, 2009, the representatives of the six countries including China, the US, Russia, the UK, France and Germany, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana and Iran's Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Saeed Jalili held talks in Geneva. During the talks, the participants had constructive and candid discussions on the plan for continuing negotiations and a package of proposals recently put forward by Iran and reached consensus on such issues as holding the next round of dialogues. Cheng Jingye, Director-General of the Department of Arms Control and Disarmament of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, attended the talks as the representative of China.

Cheng Jingye pointed out that China supports and safeguards the international nuclear non-proliferation system and the rights of all countries to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in accordance with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). China advocates resolving the Iranian nuclear issue by political and diplomatic means. China welcomes the progress made during the talks in Geneva, appreciates the flexibility shown by all the parties and hopes that the parties concerned strengthen diplomatic efforts to maintain and advance the dialogue and negotiation process and seek a comprehensive, long-term and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

Cheng said that China will as always commit itself to promoting the talks of peace and is willing to work together with the international community to continue to play constructive roles in resolving the Iranian nuclear issue.

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