U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar said Saturday the latest round of Iran-Iraq peace talks has produced a "reaffirmation of the commitment" by both countries to the 21/2-month-old cease-fire.
Perez de Cuellar made his remarks following a face-to-face meeting between the Iranian and Iraqi foreign ministers. It was the third such session since the talks resumed Monday.Perez de Cuellar then left for Paris and is to return to New York Sunday.
The talks were set to continue Monday, with another direct meeting between the two foreign ministers under the mediation of special U.N. representative Jan Eliasson.
Perez de Cuellar said this round of negotiations would end by Nov. 16. The talks are aimed at consolidating the truce that went into effect Aug. 20 after both sides accepted U.N. Security Council resolution 598.