Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union
Strasbourg, 20 October 2010The Secretary-General met this morning with Catherine Ashton, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union. They discussed the importance of the cooperation between the United Nations and the European Union in a broad range of areas, in particular the situation in the Middle East and the situation in Lebanon. On the Middle East, they discussed the status of the direct talks. The Secretary-General emphasized the importance of sustaining the direct talks and reaffirmed the readiness of the Quartet partners to support them.
The Secretary-General and Ms. Ashton also talked about the situation in Sudan. They discussed recent developments in the preparation of the referenda which stands at a critical juncture and agreed on the need for the UN-led mechanism to coordinate monitoring. They also talked about Somalia, Iran, Pakistan and Kosovo. On the latter, the preparations for the EU-led Belgrade/Pristina dialogue as well as the UN's support for the process were discussed.