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Sarkozy rules out renegotiation of Lisbon treaty

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the EU should not let the Irish ‘No’ vote turn into an impasse and ruled out a renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty. EU leaders postponed a decision on the treaty to mid-October. (Story: J.Le Masurier)

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EU leaders decided on Friday to press ahead with the ratification of the bloc's embattled Lisbon Treaty, rejected by Irish voters, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

"We decided that the treaty ratification process should continue in all member states, that's the position now of the council," Sarkozy told journalists on the sidelines of the summit in Brussels.

"Ireland is a problem, but if we have a second or third problem then it's really going to get difficult," he added.

EU leaders put back to October a decision on how to tackle Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, while also seeking to overcome Czech resistance to the key charter.

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