Thursday, September 28, 2006

Non-news about non-negotiations

Could this the most unexciting introductory paragraph on a Reuters story?
European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Thursday he had failed to reach a deal with the chief Iranian negotiator on Tehran's nuclear ambitions, but they had paved the way for further talks.
Well, that’s nice. Let us hope they have sorted the seating plan out for the next few rounds of those further talks.

The EU common foreign policy high panjandrum, Javier Solana, has surpassed himself in pretending that he had something to communicate.
"We have been progressing," Solana told reporters after discussions with Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani.

"We still have some issues that have not been closed," he added without elaborating. Solana said he hoped to renew contact with the Iranians by the middle of next week.
The State Department has said that time is running out for a deal and this latest round with the subsequent information given to the press would confirm that. What will be the next stage? Possibly an attempt to get the Security Council to apply sanctions, though it seems unlikely that the EU3 will support the United States on that. And, according to President Ahmadinejad, the SecGen has told him not to worry too much about what the Security Council might say.


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