A one-day EU-USA summit has wrapped up with a tentative commitment towards easing human rights disagreements. After talks with European Union officials, President George W. Bush referred to the much-criticised American prison holding terrorism suspects: “Obviously….they (EU officials) brought up their concerns about Guantanamo…” “There are some (prisoners) who need to be tried in US Courts, they are cold-blooded killers. They will murder somebody if they are let out on the street. And yet we believe there ought to be a way forward in a court of law, and I am waiting for the Supreme Court of the United States to determine the proper venue in which these people can be tried.”
Another subject which loomed large at the summit in Vienna was Iran’s nuclear programme. The West considers it has offered generous incentives aimed at convincing Tehran to stop enriching uranium. Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel summed up:
“We have come to a crossroads on the Iranian nuclear issue. Iran has to make the right choice.” Bush said Iran was taking too long to respond to the offer which was presented on 6th June. Six powers — the United States, Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia — have set an informal deadline of mid-July, when a Group of Eight industrialised nations summit is planned.
At the summit hosted by outgoing EU president Austria, on a row between Washington and Brussels on global trade negotiations, both Bush and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said they believed a successful deal was still possible, despite several missed deadlines.