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Gulf peace mission draws positive note from Tehran

A nonaligned mission seeking an end to the seven-month-old Gulf war suggested ways to end the conflict, and Iran responded with its most positive assessment of peace efforts in nearly a month.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman called the suggestions "encouraging and worth considering." But at the same time, Iranian state radio said that Iran should not negotiate with Iraq.

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The mission includes the foreign ministers of Cuba, India, and Zambia and the chief foreign affairs expert of the Palestine Liberation Organization. It was appointed by a conference of nonaligned foreign ministers in New Delhi in February and first visited Iran and Iraq a month ago .

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