Luxembourg : Foreign ministers of the European Union (EU) said disagreements on some key issues still exist concerning a new EU treaty after their night talks here on Sunday.
Â Â Â Â Speaking to reporters following the night discussions, Portuguese Foreign Minister Luis Amado said that "on some key points, we have (made progress), but on some others, we did not."
Â Â Â Â "I believe the German (EU) presidency will be able to tackle these," he added.
Â Â Â Â However, he declined to go into details about the progress on the issue.
Â Â Â Â The EU foreign ministers, who will continue their talks on Monday and Tuesday, are here to make preparations for the EU summit scheduled for June 21-22 with the "road map" for a new EU treaty high on the agenda.
Â Â Â Â EU leaders have stepped up their diplomatic efforts these days to narrow differences over the contents of a new EU treaty, which is designed to replace the EU constitution, whose ratification process was stalled after rejections by French and Dutch voters in referendums in 2005.
Â Â Â Â Amado said all the leaders of EU countries have "a sense of responsibility" and "are prepared" to hammer out a deal on a new EU treaty.
Â Â Â Â "In the end, we will have an agreement," he said, adding he was paid to "be optimistic and not pessimistic."