EU/USA Troika meeting: extracts from the joint press briefing by Karel Schwarzenberg, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 06/03/2009 First transmission: 06/03/2009
Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, met with the EU diplomacy in Brussels. After visiting the European Parliament, Clinton has arrived to the Council where she was welcomed by Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP, and also by Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy. They discussed the relations with Iran, Afghanistan, Middle East, and Russia. Talks also focused on the closing of Guantanamo, the financial crisis and next G20 meeting in London, and the missile defence policy of the US in some member states of the EU.
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||Arrival to the press briefing
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU: Afghan Policy Forum and (...) in Afghanistan remain top priority for the EU and Europe will maximise its efforts in stabilising Afghanistan; on Iran, we both agreed that with our firmed, united and coordinated approach of the international community may lead to a tangible result; continuation of the Iranian nuclear programme and Uranium enrichment is unacceptable; on the Middle East, we reiterated the importance of two states solutions; the EU will continue to support the Egyptian efforts in the peace process, the role of the quarter is essential for reaching a solution.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State: The lesson we have learnt is clear: we derive strength from each other; a strong Europe is a strong partner for the United States and the Obama administration intends for the US to be a strong partner for Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Hillary Clinton: We talked about a way forward in Afghanistan and in Pakistan and I solicited the EU input in our ongoing strategy review; our conversation sent around the civilian elements about our new approach including the EU's priority on governance, rule of law and police reform.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Hillary Clinton: Together the US and the EU produce half of the world GDP and generate 40% of its commerce; if we are going to stabilise our markets and re-energise our economies, we will need a coordinated strategy in advance of the G-20 and effort that emerges joint consultation, joint leadership and joint follow-up.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Hillary Rodham Clinton: We need to be prepared to provide mutual defence in effective manners and we are going to continue to explore various ways of doing that and if missile defence is proving to work in this and is cost-effective, it can be a part of the overall defence; with respect to the Czech Republic and Poland, both countries - their people and their governments - showed visionary leadership in recognising that they are new threats that need to be addressed in new ways in order for us to guarantee the safety and security of Europe, against these actors, whether it could be Iran or a terrorist network, whatever it might be, so that is the argument and the case that I am taking to Russia.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, on the Economic crisis: Our proposals are going in the direction to coordinate, to bring together; the US Secretary of State has mentioned all the different items that are as much as on our agenda that are on hers; financial regulation, rating agencies, the question of non-starting protectionism now and all of those things will also be discussed in London; they have already been discussed under the Czech Presidency.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Hillary Rodham Clinton, on the Copenhagen Climate Summit: It is very important that, at the beginning of this effort, China has expressed their willingness to participate; they understand that they have to be part of the solution; they recognise that they have just surpassed the unfortunate historic record that we have held of being the largest emitter and they now hold that position; but I also spoke about this in Japan, in Korea, in Indonesia; each of them have different problems.