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German Greens Urge Solar Aid for Iran to End Nuclear Row

May 25, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government should help Iran expand renewable energy sources to solve the conflict over the nation’s nuclear program and prevent a war in the region, the opposition Green Party said.

Germany could help Iran with expertise, logistical support and assistance in building production plants for renewables such as solar and wind, Hans-Josef Fell and Omid Nouripour, two Green Party lawmakers, wrote in a study sent to German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on May 21. The offer should be linked to Iran ending its nuclear activities, they wrote.

“Iran could achieve its plan to expand power generation quicker and cheaper, without having to build atomic plants,” Fell, one of the inventors of the EEG subsidy system that made Germany the world’s biggest solar energy market, said on his website. The solar aid plan is to inject “fresh impulses” into the negotiations, Fell wrote.

Negotiators from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, China and Russia plan to meet their Iranian counterparts June 18 and June 19 in Moscow. It will mark the third attempt in as many months to address international concerns that Iran’s atomic energy program may be a cover for work on weapons, and Iran’s efforts to overcome sanctions and diplomatic isolation.

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