G8 countries urge end of violence in Iran

June 26, 2009 6:04:47 AM PDT
Foreign ministers from Group of Eight countries meeting in Italy are calling for the immediate end of violence in Iran and are calling on Tehran authorities to seek a peaceful solution. The officials gathering in Trieste have worked to smooth over differences among themselves and address Iran's violent crackdown on protesters following disputed elections.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Friday that "we are very worried over these events" and that "we have underlined the need that violence cease immediately."

Frattini said G-8 officials deplored the violence and invited Iran to seek a peaceful solution. He stressed the group did not want to get into "electoral procedures" and interfere with Iran's internal affairs.

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