Solve Iran nuke issue through talks: BRICS
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 20:46
New Delhi: Concerned over the situation developing around Iran's nuclear issue, India, China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa on Thursday warned any military action could result in "disastrous consequences" and pushed for dialogue and diplomatic efforts to resolve the problem.

At a Summit meeting here, the five-nation grouping BRICS also expressed worries over the situation in Syria and called for an immediate end to all violence and violations of human rights while seeking solutions only through Syrian-led inclusive political process.

"We are concerned about the situation that is emerging around Iran’s nuclear issue," said a Joint Declaration issued after the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and South African President Jacob Zuma here.

"The situation concerning Iran cannot be allowed to escalate into a conflict, the disastrous consequences of which will be in no one?s interest," it said.

The leaders said they "recognize" Iran’s right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy consistent with its international obligations.

They supported resolution of the issues involved through political and diplomatic means and dialogue between the parties concerned, including between the IAEA and Iran and in accordance with the provisions of the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions.

"Iran has a crucial role to play for the peaceful development and prosperity of a region of high political and economic relevance and we look to it to play its part as a responsible member of the global community," they said.


First Published: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 16:13

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