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Israel would preserve ‘Jewish, democratic’ values with Palestinian deal, Tzipi Livni tells Amanpour

March 4th, 2014
03:49 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

A peace deal with the Palestinians would allow Israel to keep its “values as a Jewish, democratic state,” chief Israeli negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.

“The best choice is to divide the land and to keep the state of Israel – maybe smaller – but with our values as a Jewish, democratic state living in harmony – a secured state,” Livni said from Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Washington to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama and discuss, among other things, America’s renewed push for Middle East peace.

Secretary of State John Kerry is spearheading an effort to have Israel and the Palestinians reach a framework agreement – a foundation upon which a permanent deal could be negotiated.

“I’m sure that [neither] us [nor] the Palestinians are going to be in love with it,” Livni said. “But I hope that both of us can live with it, move forward, and this is something that can create trust and basis for negotiations.”

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Lord Lamont: I believe Rouhani is sincere

February 5th, 2014
09:27 AM ET

It seems Iran is quite the place to be right now judging by the procession of western diplomats and business leaders making their way to Tehran.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is there meeting with his counterpart Javad Zarif, discussing Iran’s nuclear programme. And more than 100 French business executives are also having meetings inside the country this week, with other European countries planning similar trips.

In the United States though, Congress continues to battle over new sanctions for Iran; and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has even joined the fray, arguing against that move.

Lord Lamont, the Chairman of the British-Iranian Chamber of Commerce, has recently returned from Tehran as well. He was part of a UK parliamentary delegation that came back with strong recommendations for engagement with Iran. The former British finance minister told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that members of the government he met with were “positive” about dealing with the west and felt it was “in the interest of both parties”. But despite there being “a lot of goodwill” from the Iranian side, he says they felt negotiations could be “very difficult", that there is "quite a wide gap between the two sides”.

Asked whether President Hassan Rouhani is a man Britain “can do business with”, Lord Lamont told Amanpour he believes Rouhani is “sincere” and that he does want to make changes in Iran, but that he will not be able to make all the changes he wants unless he gets a nuclear deal.

That said, Lord Lamont says everyone he met in Tehran emphasised that any deal has to be approved “not just by the government, not just by ministers, but by other ‘centers of power’”.

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Turkey to Assad: Transition out or face the ICC

January 23rd, 2014
02:44 PM ET
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Turkey: Indict Assad over Syria photos

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says alleged Syria torture, killing photos represent "a crime against humanity"

The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu can be found here.

By Mick Krever, CNN

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should take peace talks seriously and transition out of power, or face the International Criminal Court, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Thursday.

Responding to photos that allegedly prove systematic torture and killing by the Syrian regime, Davutoglu, said “those photos are clear evidences … this is a crime against humanity.”

Davutoglu spoke with Amanpour from Montreux, Switzerland, where world powers are trying to broker an improbable peace in Syria.

Amanpour was the first to report, with the Guardian on Monday, on an investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale. The investigation was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector.

“All of those who committed this crime must be accountable,” Davutoglu said. “We should not be doing the same mistake like what happened in Srebrenica.”

“In Srebrenica some people tried to turn their eye and some tried to ignore Srebrenica for some time. But Srebrenica has happened and it was a shame for international community.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev says acts portrayed in Syria torture photos are ‘crimes’

January 22nd, 2014
03:27 PM ET
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EXCLUSIVE: Medvedev on Sochi, Syria

Part one of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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EXCLUSIVE: Medvedev on Russia's economy

Part two of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

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EXCLUSIVE: Medvedev on gay rights

Part three of Christiane Amanpour's exclusive interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The transcript of Christiane Amanpour's full interview with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev can be found here.

By Mick Krever, CNN

The killings portrayed in photos allegedly proving torture of prisoners by the Assad regime are “crimes,” but it is not clear who is responsible and the claims must be proven in court, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview that aired Wednesday.

“These are crimes, of course,” Medvedev told Amanpour at his office outside Moscow, but the case “should have firm proof legally.”

“I know there are a lot of victims, and that's very sad, but that does not mean that the existence of victims or victims in a particular place is the proof that those are the victims of the regime and not the bandits who were doing something or any other force.”

The investigation alleging that the Syrian regime is murdering prisoners on a mass scale, first reported by Amanpour on Monday, was authored by a team of international legal and forensic experts and based on thousands of photographs provided by a Syrian defector.

The defector claimed to have worked as a photographer at a military hospital that received dead bodies from detention centers.

Amanpour showed Medvedev gruesome pictures of emaciated corpses and torsos covered from neck to groin in bludgeon wounds.

“You know, in my university where I was studying law, I was taught that until the fact of guilt is proved in court, a person cannot be claimed guilty,” he said.

“We cannot say that Assad is a criminal without investigation,” he told Amanpour. “So probably this other trial should be held on the territory of Syria after the conflict subsides. It's the right of the Syrian people.”

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U.S. hails implementation of interim Iran deal

January 13th, 2014
04:01 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

The implementation of an interim deal with Iran is a “positive” and “concrete” step towards curbing that country’s nuclear program, U.S. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

The agreement, which was negotiated late last year in Geneva, will come in effect on January 20; and the U.S. Treasury was a major player in negotiating it.

The idea behind the deal is to create an amenable environment, for six months, during which time Iran and world powers can try to agree on a more comprehensive, permanent accord.

So just what is in the deal?

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Setting a new Iran to music

January 13th, 2014
08:12 AM ET

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'No quarrel' between Iranian and Israeli people, says singer with feet in both worlds

December 21st, 2013
10:49 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

There is “no quarrel” between the Iranian and Israeli people, a pop star with a foot in both worlds told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired Friday.

Rita Jahanforuz was born in Iran, but has been one of Israel's most popular singers for nearly three decades.

“You know, it's between the government or the leaders or something like that,” she said. “I'm very Iranian; and I'm very Israeli. And with my existence, I can show that everything can intertwine with each other, amazingly.”

She is known to her fans simply as "Rita," and took many of them by surprise when last year she released an album of songs sung entirely in her mother tongue, Farsi.

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‘No military solution’ in Syria, admit people on both sides of war

November 27th, 2013
03:08 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Amanpour's full interview with Brahimi can be seen here.

By Mick Krever, CNN

People on both sides of Syria’s civil war now agree that there is no military solution to the conflict, Lakhdar Brahimi, U.N. special envoy for Syria, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday.

“Some time ago, both sides were absolutely certain that they are winning,” Brahimi said. Now, “individuals on each side tell me that there is no military solution.”

The U.N. announced on Monday that new Syria peace talks would be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in January, but the full list of attendees is still unknown.

One of the more contentious invitees is Iran, which has said that if invited it would “participate without any preconditions.”

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Russia: Don’t make ‘mistake’ of excluding Iran from Syria peace talks

November 26th, 2013
03:50 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Russia warned on Tuesday that the U.S. and international community should not make the mistake of excluding Iran from upcoming Syria peace talks.

“Whether Iran is in the room or not … it’s going to be a player in Syria,” Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. “So it’s better to have it in the room.”

The other option, he said, is to “alienate Iran once again.”

“That mistake has been made a number of times before,” he said. “Let’s not repeat it.”

Meanwhile, Iran, the United States, Russia, and four other world powers reached an interim agreement on Iran’s nuclear program this past weekend. Negotiators hope that the deal will lead to a permanent, comprehensive accord.

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For many in Tehran, lead Iran negotiator is ‘only hope’

November 25th, 2013
04:45 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Residents of Tehran were ecstatic this weekend when Iran and world powers struck a nuclear deal, New York Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“These people have been living under incredible pressures over the last years,” Erdbrink said. “They had to face sanctions, high unemployment, high inflation, and basically they have grown so accustomed to hearing only horrible news that this is the first time in almost a decade that they’re hearing something positive.”

That elation, though, had died down a bit by Monday.

“People today were a bit more subdued,” he said, “and they were telling me, ‘Sure, we made this deal and we are happy, but we’ve been tricked so many times. Maybe this time we’ll be tricked again.’”

Really, he said, they are just anxious for change.

“One young man came up to me and he told me, ‘Thomas, I am now 30 years old. When Ahmadinejad came to power I was 22. Why were those eight years of my life wasted? Why am I still without a job? Why do I hold a university degree but don’t have a future in this country?’”

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