Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Left parties on Wednesday reiterated their stance that the Iran nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully and through negotiations within the framework of the International Atomic Energy Agency and hoped that India would work towards forming a consensus opinion.

They said they took note that the Foreign Ministers of the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have jointly issued a statement on January 31 to "report" the Iran issue to the UNSC. But any decision to take action "to reinforce the authority of the IAEA process" will be deferred to March until the report of the IAEA Director General becomes available.

"We remain opposed to any `referral' of the issue to the U.N Security Council as was earlier envisaged by the U.S. and some European countries. Our stand has been consistent that any IAEA resolution should preferably emanate out of a consensus opinion among the member-countries represented in the IAEA Board of Governors,'' the Left parties said in a joint statement after a meeting here.

They said they hoped the Government would work towards forming a consensus especially in consultation with the major countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.