"We must make the most of this moment."
- BAN KI-MOONUN secretary-general, after the European Union suspended most of its sanctions against Myanmar, citing the nation's recent political reforms
"We have as much hard currency as we need and the country will manage well."
- MAHMOUD AHMADINEJADIranian president, asserting that regardless of a European Union oil embargo, Iran can survive on financial reserves for years
"The treaty is short and sharp. Its benefits are clear. And above all, you are all gifted politicians; otherwise you would not be here."
- HERMAN VAN ROMPUYEuropean Council President, on the fiscal compact signed by 25 of 27 states in the European Union (the U.K. and Czech Republic did not sign); leaders need support from their home countries, as the treaty must be ratified
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