Cowen to hold Lisbon Treaty talks with Sarkozy

Taoiseach Brian Cowen will today hold talks on the Lisbon Treaty with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner will also attend the meeting in Paris.

European Union reform was plunged into chaos in June when the Lisbon Treaty was rejected in an Irish referendum by 53.4% to 46.6%.

Mr Sarkozy, who is EU president, visited Dublin in July and he and Mr Cowen agreed to meet again in advance of this month’s quarterly European Council meeting.

“Discussions will focus on the Lisbon Treaty in the aftermath of the Irish referendum,” said a spokesman for Mr Cowen.

“The current turmoil in financial markets will also feature on the agenda.”

The Irish Government yesterday moved to guarantee the deposits and borrowings of six Irish-owned banks in a €400bn measure aimed at stabilising the banking sector.

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