Participation of Catherine Ashton in a meeting between Iran and the E3+3: statement (27/02/2013)
End production: 27/02/2013 First transmission: 27/02/2013
On 27 February 2013, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, made a statement following the talks with Iran, in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
On this occasion, she announced the next meeting between technical experts to be hold in Istanbul, in March 2013.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Well, the main result is that we have agreed to have a meeting between technical experts in Istanbul in March. This is important because this is an opportunity for the Iranians to examine in detail with the technical people the proposal we put on the table. And then we further agreed to meet again at the political level, back in Almaty, in early April.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): Well, we put what we call a confidence building proposal on the table. This is an opportunity for Iran to take some initial steps that would improve the confidence of the international community in the wholly peaceful nature of the nuclear programme in return for which we would do some things as well. And under that proposal could then leaders on to being able to move forward with substantial talks. Our hope and ambition is to see some tangible results and that Iran will pick this proposal up.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): We have a process under way to now examine this proposal. But the real optimism will come when we start to see progress really being made. And that means that our inspiration to see Iran move forward, to pick up this proposal, to agree to it and to undertake to implement the part of it, that will be real progress and that be real cause for optimism.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): Well, we have laid down our proposal. I described in detail in our first plenary session what we are proposing. I pointed out that there were, of course, some technical issues that would need to be discussed, that lay beneath it. But now the situation is that, once those technical details have been understood fully and discussed between experts, then, it would be for Iran to give us their response to it. And that will take place during the next political meeting. Well of course it is a conversation and of course it is about trying to reach those tangible results for the future.