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Seeking to split diplomatic atoms in Istanbul

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 1/20/2011 12:00:00 AM |

As representatives of Iran and six world powers gather in Istanbul for talks on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, opinions are divided as to the meeting’s potential outcome. Turkey remains optimistic about a solution emerging while outside experts say the talks are merely symbolic

Turkey, Russia form 'camp of optimists' at Iran parley
Turkey is optimistic about the outcome of nuclear talks in Istanbul between Iran and world powers, saying a modified version of the “Tehran Declaration” it brokered with Brazil would be a “happy end” for the meeting.

“We still think [the Tehran Declaration] is an opportunity to build confidence [among parties] and could be used in a new form, in a positive way, [if the parties will wish to do so],” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said Thursday following a meeting in Istanbul with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov.

If a decision is made to reactivate the declaration, Turkey will be ready to help with the process, Davutoğlu added. Read more here.

Istanbul talks on Iran only 'symbolic,' says expert
The new round of talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program has only symbolic weight, a senior expert has said, echoing the comments of several observers and diplomats who expect no breakthrough from the Istanbul negotiations.

World powers currently see no need for active negotiation with the Islamic republic – or for Turkey to take a role in the process – according to Bruno Tertrais, a senior research fellow at the Paris-based Foundation for Strategic Research who focuses on Iran and nuclear issues. Read more here.

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