Catherine Ashton - European Union

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Mar 26 2015
Catherine Ashton has been quoted 69 times. The two most recent articles where Catherine Ashton has been quoted are Brussels to discuss tougher sanctions on Russia and Donetsk referendum 'contrived and bogus' says Kerry. Most recently, Catherine Ashton was quoted as having said, “We call on Russia to do its part in ensuring the separatists really do engage with the monitors and engage with those who are trying to investigate the scene at the present time.”.
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Dec 16 2013

We are very concerned when we look at some of the things that have been said, and my purpose in talking to President Yanukovytch was to discover what these short-term economic issues are that have prevented him from signing and I feel that we can work with him to resolve those.feedback

Nov 29 2013

It is, of course, for Ukraine to decide what it wishes to do and there have been some good and important discussions with President Yanukovich here. What I would say is that the European Union door is open.feedback

Nov 24 2013

After intense negotiations we've reached agreement today on a joint plan of action which sets out an approach to us reaching a long-term, comprehensive solution.feedback

Nov 16 2013 - Burma

In partnership, you know, it's not about coming to impose it's coming to say: these are the things we know. European countries represented here, European businesses represented here, from all over the EU know very well the journey that has to be taken for a nation to come from oppression to freedom, and they want to support this country on that journey.feedback

Sep 27 2013

It was a substantial meeting. Good atmosphere, energetic. We had a discussion about how we will go forward with an ambitious time frame to see whether we can make progress quickly. I am pleased that we have agreed that we meet in Geneva on October 15 and 16.feedback

Sep 07 2013 - Chemical weapons

In the face of the cynical use of chemical weapons, the international community cannot remain idle. A clear and strong response is crucial, to make clear that such crimes are unacceptable and that there can be no impunity.feedback

Sep 06 2013

I always think especially of the children displaced, injured, killed and orphaned who suffer terribly in this terrible situation.feedback

Sep 06 2013 - Kremlin

I've not heard anyone say to me that this hasn't been a chemical attack. I've been talking with different countries, some of them may take different view of who the perpetrator was, but nobody is arguing the question.feedback

Aug 14 2013 - Egypt

Confrontation and violence is not the way forward to resolve key political issues. Islamists to blame.feedback

Jul 17 2013

I believe he should be released and I believe that political prisoners should be released. I make the distinction between people who may be being charged for other things and those who are being held. I was assured that he is well. I would have liked to have seen him and I was assured that he is being well cared for.feedback

Jul 16 2013

We wait now for the team to be appointed by Iran, we very much hope that will be soon and we look forward to meeting them as soon as possible.feedback

Jun 17 2013

I will continue with my work to urge Iran to work closely with me and with the E3 plus 3 to build confidence in the nature of a nuclear programme.feedback

Apr 19 2013

I want to congratulate (both sides) for the determination, over this months, and for the courage they have. It's very important, that what we are seeing is a step away from the past and for both of them a step closer to Europe.feedback

Feb 18 2013

Today we also agreed to extend the sanctions against Syria for a further three months. We are amending them so as to enable greater non lethal support and technical assistance for the protection of civilians.feedback

Oct 30 2012

The dialogue with Pristina and normalisation of relations, as we call it, which is not asking of recognition, is really important. There are no other realistic or better alternatives and things will not get easier if difficult discussions are simply put off. This is good for Serbia, and it's good for Kosovo.feedback

Oct 25 2012

It's not just about economic support, as important as that is, it is also by trying to help the people of this area to be able to move forward to have a life for themselves and their children and I mean this for the Palestinian people and for the Israeli people.feedback

Oct 15 2012

You have to continue with the pressure, the twin track approach: pressure to persuade Iran to come to the table, and the offers that we make about how we will release that pressure in return for Iran complying with its international obligations.feedback

Sep 08 2012

Sanctions we keep under review, as you know, not only to consider whether more sanctions should be taken, but to make sure the enforcement of them is done properly, and any ability to evade them is dealt with.feedback

Jul 23 2012

It is important to carry on the sanctions and it is very important to carry on with the political process.feedback

Jun 25 2012

We have to continue to ratchet up the pressure on the Syrian regime and we want to see united action by the Security-Council including comprehensive sanctions. We condemn the unacceptable shooting down of a Turkish military plane by Syria on Friday.feedback

Jun 25 2012 - Egypt

(We will be discussing) Morsi on his election in Egypt and to say that we will of course work with the Egyptian people and with him. We want to see an inclusive approach to Egypt. Syria too, of course, will be on the agenda as we look to see what more can be done. I've spent many phone calls with Kofi Annan to try and support his work.feedback

Jun 19 2012

Dr Jalili and I spoke about the fact that nobody in that room wants talks for talks sake. The fact is that they did begin to address the substance for the first time, but there's a very, very long way to go.feedback

Apr 16 2012 - Sanctions

We will be discussing and finalising additional sanctions, particularly focusing on the central bank (of Iran) and on oil exports (from Iran). But I do want again to reiterate that this is part of trying to get a twin track approach, the pressure of sanctions is designed to try and make sure that Iran takes seriously our request to come to the table and meet.feedback

Apr 15 2012

We have agreed that the Non-proliferation Treaty forms the key basis for what must be serious engagement to ensure all the obligations under the treaty are met by Iran while fully respecting Iran's right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.feedback

Mar 23 2012

We believe the situation in Belarus is getting worse and the authorities are tightening their grip on civil society. So today we strengthened the restrictive measures to increase the pressure on the authorities.feedback

Jan 23 2012

I want to stress however that sanctions are not an end in themselves, I have often talked about this being part of a twin-track approach. The purpose of sanctions is to put pressure on Iran to come back to the negotiating table.feedback

Jan 23 2012

I reiterate what I say at all occasions, that the purpose of this pressure is to persuade Iran to come back to the table, to continue our discussions.feedback

Nov 17 2011

The future of Syria now depends upon the ability of all of us to keep pressure on them to see that there is a need to stop this violence, to listen to the people, and to find a way to move forward. And I do hope that we will see significant movement in that direction in the next coming days.feedback

Nov 12 2011

To be here now to inaugurate the EU Delegation building is a symbol of the continuing support of the European Union and a symbol of our continuing respect for the people of Libya and our aspirations for their future.feedback

Oct 20 2011

Libya is entering a process of transition. It is important that its leadership unites to build a democratic future for the country in full respect for human rights. While the crimes of the past must be addressed, the leadership must also seek a path of national reconciliation.feedback

Sep 23 2011

Within three months we would want to see significant progress on borders and security. Anyone listening to the speeches made today and indeed the comments made many times by President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu will be fully aware of the significance of these two issues.feedback

May 26 2011

This is an important step forward for Serbia and for international justice. We expect Ratko Mladic to be transferred to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia without delay. Full cooperation with the ICTY remains essential on Serbia's path towards EU membership.feedback

May 22 2011 - Libya

By opening the office of the European Union, I bring the commitment of the European Union's 27 Member States – and all of the institutions – in support of the people of Benghazi and of the people of Libya.feedback

May 03 2011 - Al-Qaeda

We need to remain vigilant in our efforts to completely disable the al Qaeda network, as the threat of retaliatory action remains serious.feedback

Mar 21 2011 - Libya

While contributing in a differentiated way, the EU and its member states are determined to act collectively and resolutely with all international partners, particularly the Arab League, to give full effect to these decisions.feedback

Mar 10 2011 - Libya

It is very important in anything we do to be clear about what action we take and why, who is best-placed to do what, but to keep the pressure on.feedback

Feb 25 2011 - Libya

The three aspects of what we're doing [are], first of all, the evacuation, secondly, the coordination of what the EU can do to put pressure on the situation in Libya to stop the violence, and thirdly, the collaboration internationally, particularly with the Security Council, to ensure that we have a coordinated approach.feedback

Feb 25 2011

We have been looking at the possibility of restrictive measures to try and put as much pressure as possible to stop the violence in Libya and to see the country move forward. And again, the range of different issues we are examining – travel bans, asset freezes, other measures – which will be in discussion, as I say, with New York as well as discussing amongst the 27.feedback

Feb 21 2011 - Libya

I'm really worried about what's happening in Libya at the present time. We have been urging restraint, we continue to do so. It's very important – you will have heard it from all of the foreign ministers you've asked tonight -, it's very very important that this violence stops and they move to dialogue.feedback

Feb 14 2011 - European Commission

I asked if they needed our help to cope with these exceptional circumstances. Their reply was clear: 'No thanks, we do not need the European Commission's assistance at this stage.' Despite the lack of a request from their side, I immediately asked my services, the Frontex agency and the European Asylum Support office, to assess how the European Commission could support the Italian authorities in this difficult situation.feedback

Feb 11 2011 - Egypt

The European Union will be there to offer its support. We have a lot of history, a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience in building democracy and we offer that to the people of Egypt.feedback

Feb 04 2011 - Egypt

Look, the opposition parties in Egypt are diverse. It is important that the government talk to those opposition groups and talk to civil society, groups of ordinary people who have come together in these demonstrations, to say that they want things to change, and it's working and looking for a forward plan.feedback

Feb 04 2011 - Egypt

Well, it means that the government has got to get into dialogue with the opposition groups and with civil society. It means working out what needs to happen, to move forward, to build towards democracy and the elections that will need to come. And it means building up the institutional framework to do that, so I hope we'll see that happening in Egypt soon.feedback

Feb 04 2011 - Tunisia

It's very important that the Egyptian people choose the way that they will move forward. It is not for us to do that. It is for us to help build the systems, the processes, the democratic building blocks to help them do that. And that is what we have been doing in Tunisia: working out with the transitional government exactly what they need.feedback

Feb 04 2011 - European Parliament

Well, members of the European Parliament and I had a good debate the other night. What I pointed out to them is that the External Action Service in its fifth week has done a magnificent job. Our ambassadors have done a fantastic job on the ground. We have been coordinating what has been happening across Europe, the response to this, and will continue to do that and move forward.feedback

Feb 04 2011

We have been very clear again: it is for the Egyptian people, the Egyptian government to work out the transition. Mr Mubarak has already made it clear that he is not standing again. How they do this transition must be for them to do, and for us to support them in doing. It is really important now that we see calm, we see dialogue, we see things move forward, and for a timetable that gives confidence to people, that things are going to change.feedback

Jan 22 2011

It became clear that the Iranian side was not ready for this unless we agreed to preconditions related to enrichment and sanctions. Both these preconditions are not a way to proceed.feedback

Jan 17 2011 - Tunisia

We reiterate our engagement with Tunisia and its people and our willingness to help find lasting democratic solutions to the ongoing crisis.feedback

Dec 07 2010

We and Iran agreed to a continuation of these talks in late January in Istanbul where we plan to discuss practical ideas and ways of cooperating towards a resolution of our core concerns about the nuclear issue.feedback

Aug 31 2010

More than anything it is a contrast between… I have been to Shanghai in Beijing… being here [in Shanping] I can really see how much China is moving forward, but also, of course, how much there is still to do; to see and talk to the people here has been a great privilege.feedback

Jul 23 2010

We are ready to facilitate a process of dialogue between Pristina and Belgrade. This dialogue would be to promote cooperation, achieve progress on the path to Europe and improve the lives of the people.feedback

Jul 19 2010

It is in my view absolutely essential that we never forget the needs of this young man are part of our desire to see peace in this area.feedback

Jun 16 2010 - Gaza strip

We are ready to support in the opening of other land crossings for goods and people, recalibrating our mission, or developing a new one.feedback

Mar 18 2010

We have got to find a peaceful solution to the issues and problems, that I what I have been saying consistently in all the meetings I have had with all the politicians across the region – we need to move forward.feedback

Mar 10 2010 - Portugal

The demand for global EU engagement is enormous. We have to ensure that supply matches demand. The Lisbon Treaty gives us such chance. We should act in line with the letter and the spirit of the Treaty, remembering why leaders negotiated the treaty in the first place.feedback

Jan 14 2010 - Haiti

The European Union through its member states and common resources has already acted. We will continue to do so, finding additional resources and delivering them as quickly as possible.feedback

Dec 02 2009

Mr Tannock, you began by asking why I should occupy this seat, and the answer is because the 27 heads of government invited me to. I may not be your choice but I appear to be theirs. In terms of the experience and the qualifications in this house, I hold this house in great respct and I do recognise there are people who have enormous experience. I intend to use that experience if I may do so.feedback

Nov 20 2009

We have to look at the European External Action Service, this brand new bringing together of what we currently do and in a sense adding value to what happens with the individual member states. So that's going to be very significant. And of course, the big key relationships that we have across the world, which we will need to make sure that we foster and develop for the future.feedback

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