Foreign Affairs Council, 3005th meeting: extracts from the doorstep by Tony Blair, Middle East Quartet Representative, following his meeting

Type: Speech - summary   Reference: I-065249   Duration: 10:01:36  Lieu:
End production: 22/03/2010   First transmission: 22/03/2010
On 22/03/2010, in the margins of the 3005th meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, Foreign Affairs Ministers gathered in Brussels and discussed the Middle East Peace Process in the presence of Tony Bair, Middle East Quartet Representative. Ministers exchanged views on the Middle East Peace Process, following Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC's visit to the region. Tony Blair stressed that they had a very constructive discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian situation. 'We agreed on two things: first of all, to get back on direct negotiations, as soon as possible, between the two parties on all the core issues and secondly, to support that, by a ground back work which Europe is playing big part in' said Tony Blair. He added: 'And the events of the past couple of week have been very serious, they have been a set back but the set back occured and the key thing is now, to get back on track again and get the negotiations going on and start.'

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Tony Blair, Middle East Quartet Representative 00:00:08
10:00:13 Cutaway: flags 00:00:05
10:00:18 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Tony Blair: We had a good, very constructive, very frank actually discussion about the Israeli-Palestinian situation, and this complete agreement on two things: first of all, to get back on direct negotiations, as soon as possible, between the two parties on all the core issues and secondly, to support that, by a ground back work which Europe is playing big part in. That is building with Palestinian on order, on security, rule of law, as well as, of course on the economy. And the events of the past couple of week have been very serious, they have been a set back but the set back occured and the key thing is now, to get back on track again and get the negotiations going on and start. 00:00:44
10:01:02 Cutaway 00:00:03
10:01:05 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Tony Blair: I believe the will is there, on the part of the Israeli government to get into direct negotiations. The question is, I think, can we make sure that those negotiations are credible. And in that regard, I think, the more we can do is to build confidence, the negotiations are likely to be productive; that the proximity talks can turn into direct negotiations, the more we can do to build the confidence, the better. I believe, in the respect of the events of the last few days that, both Israelis and Palestinian want to see this work. 00:00:31
10:01:36 Tony blair leaving the Council building 00:00:08
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