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Israel calls for sanctions on Iran that bypass UN Security Council
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday February 7, 2007

Jerusalem- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Wednesday on world leaders to impose sanctions on Iran even if they have to do so without the United Nations Security Council. It is still not too late to prevent Iran from achieving nuclear abilities "through effective sanctions, also on a path which bypasses the Security Council," Olmert told British Foreign Minister Margaret Beckett in Jerusalem.

Olmert also stressed that any Palestinian government must fulfil the three conditions of the international community, including "recognizing Israel, endorsing previous Israeli-Palestinian interim agreements and ending terrorism and support for violence," a government statement said.

He spoke as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya and Damascus-based Hamas politburo leader Khaled Mashaal were holding talks in Mecca on the formation of a unity government between their respective Hamas and Fatah parties.

Becket expressed her "full agreement" on the need for sanctions on Iran and also reiterated that London would not end its boycott of the Palestinian Authority unless a new government accepted the three conditions of recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and accepting past agreements.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency