World Needs Positive Outcome in P5+1 Talks

World Needs Positive Outcome in P5+1 TalksWorld Needs Positive Outcome in P5+1 Talks

In a press release on Friday, The Elders called on all parties in Iran's nuclear talks to take the necessary actions for an agreement to be reached.        

The Elders is an international non-governmental organization of public figures noted as elder statesmen, peace activists and human rights advocates, who were brought together by the late Nelson Mandela in 2007. They describe themselves as "independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights."

The press release said, "In advance of the latest deadline on 24 November for a comprehensive agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, The Elders urge all parties to the negotiations to make the essential compromises necessary for an historic outcome that will make the world a safer place."

  Historic Opportunity   

Kofi Annan, chair of The Elders and former UN secretary-general, said:

"Over the past months, the progress that Iran and the six world powers (P5+1) have made on issues that originally seemed insoluble has been remarkable. All sides have shown considerable flexibility to make this progress possible."

“After so much hard work, it would be a lost opportunity of historic proportions if they could not complete the last uphill stretch on the road to a positive outcome – in the form of a comprehensive agreement on 24 November".

Martti Ahtisaari, Nobel peace laureate and former president of Finland, added:

"A nuclear agreement is a first step in the efforts to find solutions to the problems in the Middle East. It will offer an opportunity for positive peaceful developments in regional conflicts."

 Iranians Deserve Relief From Sanctions

However, Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico, warned:

"The sanctions regime against Iran will need to be addressed quickly, and with a high sense of responsibility by all concerned. The long-suffering Iranian people and business sector deserve the relief from sanctions that a comprehensive agreement should bring. The sanctions have hurt ordinary people."

"At the same time, Iran needs to persist in fulfilling all the commitments it makes to transparency and accountability: with nuclear rights come nuclear responsibilities."

The Elders stress that such a rare opportunity to promote peace and understanding must not be missed, the press release concluded.  Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association of India, Lakhdar Brahimi, former foreign minister of Algeria, Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States, Hina Jilani, international human rights defender from Pakistan, Graça Machel, former education minister of Mozambique, Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland are other members of The Elders.