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What will do Iran with E3+3 proposal ?

During two days (26 -27 February) in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in a new round of talks on the Iranian nuclear file, the so-called P5-plus-1 group offered to slightly ease economic sanctions if Tehran halts production of near-weapons-grade uranium fuel.

Iran in talks on nuclear programAs is well known, the powers — China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and the United States — fear Iran is seeking the ability to make nuclear bombs, an intent it denies by authorities in Tehran. So, what happened in Almaty, by the rule and line ?

The world powers have proposed allowing Iran to trade in gold and some other precious metals, a change that would ease the sanctions that have largely severed Iran from the world banking system. They also offered to ease sanctions on petrochemical sales and relax some banking restrictions. In exchange, Iran would have to stop producing so-called medium-enriched uranium at its underground plant at Fordow.

At the end of the meeting, Foreign Minister of UK, William Hague said on his Twitter account that: ”Iran talks in Almaty were a useful first step.We look to Iran to respond positively to E3+3 proposal at next meeting in March.” Also, Michael Mann, chief spokesman for European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is diplomatic point person for the six powers, described the meetings as “useful”. Iran’s chief negotiator Saeed Jalili described the Almaty meeting as “positive”. In change, a State Department spokesman in Washington declined to comment on whether there had been progress in the talks. There is good to know that Secretary of State John F. Kerry implied this week that time was running out and that Washington could yet turn to military action to prevent Tehran from acquiring a bomb. Israel has also threatened military action.

The parties agreed to hold an experts meeting in Istanbul on March 18, followed by a political directors meeting, again in Almaty, Kazakhstan on April 5-6, negotiators from the P5+1 and Iran announced in a joint statement at the conclusion of talks Wednesday.

So, what will do Iran with such an offer ? Western diplomats say that their expectations are modest (also the expectations about Almaty meeting were minimal !) and that the most they might achieve from the talks is an agreement to have several lower-level follow-up meetings in the next several months. Iran is an year with presidential election. Serious negotiations or an Iranian decision until the fall (when will enter the power next president are unlikely (the election will be held in June, but the new president will not be in office until August). Until then, the parties involved (but mainly Iran, U.S. and Israel) will re-evaluate their options, strategies, ”jokers” and ”aces in the hole”. And, not least, the international community’s increasing concerns about weapons nuclear program in North Korea could change somewhat top of international agenda.

General strike – the preamble of the presidential campaign

11grevaRomania will be paralysed Moday (5 oct. 2009) by the biggest strike in last 20 years. Over 800,000 employees of the budget system will be in the streets to protest against Wage Law assumed by the government Boc. Alliance Budget requests to modify the salary scale and the waiver of proposed unpaid leave due to financial and economic crisis.  In Alliance are part Federation of Trade Unions of education, the Federation of Alma Mater, Spiru Haret Federation, Sanitas Federation, National Federation of Unions of Local Administration, the Federation of Unions of Public Administration ‘Publisind’, National Federation of Unions of Finance, National Federation of Unions of Work and Social Solidarity, National Federation of Statisticians, the Federation of Unions of National Administration of Prisons and the National Union of Police – that over 800,000 state employees,  of the 1.4 million the budget employees in Romania.

According to Union’s leaders, employees of the state system considered to be slaughtered by the Government. They refer to measures to reduce staff in government agencies, reducing wages and mandatory unpaid leave. All these measures should help Government to reduce budgetary spending with one billion euros by the end of the year, in order to get the next tranche of loan from the International Monetary Fund. Wage law, adopted in early September by government accountability, was contested by liberals and expects the Constitutional Court decision on October 28. Until then, on the one hand, unions will continue the series protests, and on the other hand, the Government must find new ways to reduce expenses by one billion euros. In the same time, the general strike and union demands are a preamble and a good campaign issue for candidates for the presidency of Romania. Note that Sunday,  President Traian Basescu announced his candidacy for a new term at the Cotroceni Palace.