Iran and Syria Update Apr 15

By: AP
By: AP
EU envoy: Iran nuclear talks constructive...UN votes to send Syria monitors amid shaky truce

In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), International envoy Kofi Annan, left, gestures during his meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the Iranian island of Qeshm, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy, has been pushing Damascus to withdraw its troops from cities and halt all violence in 48 hours to salvage his peace plan. He has appealed to Syria's key ally Iran to support his plan to end the violence wracking the Arab country, saying that "any further militarization of the conflict would be disastrous." (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The EU foreign policy chief says the latest nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers have been constructive and that the two sides will meet again in Baghdad on May 23.
Catherine Ashton says future talks will be guided by the "principle of a step-by-step approach and reciprocity." That indicates the international community is ready to reward Iran if it reduces fears that it may use its atomic program to make weapons.
She also said after the talks in Istanbul on Saturday that Iran has a right to a peaceful nuclear program. At the same time, she says the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty must be the "key basis" for future talks.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council has united behind a legally binding resolution calling for violence in Syria to end immediately and peace talks to begin.
The resolution gives the 15-nation Security Council its first united front since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began 13 months ago; it calls for immediate deployment of up to 30 U.N. military observers to monitor a shaky cease-fire, to be followed by a larger contingent of up to 250 once the situation has stabilized.
Meanwhile, there have been reports of continuing violence across the country.
Syrian troops shelled residential neighborhoods and rebel gunmen fired rocket-propelled grenades Saturday in the central city of Homs in the first use of heavy weapons since the cease-fire officially took effect Thursday. In other parts of Syria, both sides describe several deadly shootings and ambushes, and report at least 14 people killed.

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