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Sakineh case (continued). Ashton says yes to a stronger common reaction

(BRUSSELS2) The response of Cathy Ashton, the High Representative of the EU, to this “Dear Bernard” (Kouchner), on the Sakineh case (this mother sentenced to stoning for adultery and complicity in the murder of her husband) did not take long (1). “I think like you that the time is near for the EU to collectively express its rejection of practices from another time” explains the EU’s chief diplomat, in a letter which has just been sent (and which reached me… too). “A discreet EU approach is underway in Tehran” she confides (2). “If it did not produce anything convincing, I would only see advantages in a collective letter addressed to the Iranian authorities being drafted quickly by the members of the European Union.".

Think about an action “more efficient"

On the other hand, when it comes to sanctions, Cathy Ashton is rather cautious. If she is "in favor of a debate being organized between all of us to try to identify a more effective strategy than the one we have today“, however nothing urgent. Because "the Gymnich agenda” is too overloaded. So that will be for later. As for facilitating access to the means of information for Iranians (a measure decided by the 27 in retaliation for the jamming of BBC or Deutsche Welle broadcasts), work is underway. A meeting of experts “takes place on September 7“, She clarified.

(1) read: Sakineh case: Bernard Kouchner's request

(2) Let us point out that Iran is one of the only “major” countries in the world where the EU does not have an embassy.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).

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