I am an Egyptian Muslim, educated in Cairo and New York, and now living in Vienna. My wife and I have spent half our lives in the North, half in the South. And we have experienced first hand the unique nature of the human family and the common values we all share.— Mohamed ElBaradei
The most interesting Mohamed ElBaradei quotes that are glad to read
The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful message.
A durable peace is not a single achievement, but an environment, a process and a commitment.
The Muslim Brotherhood is a religiously conservative group.
They are a minority in Egypt. They are not a majority of the Egyptian people, but they have a lot of credibility because all the other liberal parties have been smothered for 30 years.
America is always a good target for a populist.
In many countries, particularly authoritarian systems, if you want to get an extra bonus, you bash the Americans.
If the world does not change course, we risk self-destruction.
Democracy is not an instant coffee.
The gravest threat faced by the world is of an extremist group getting hold of nuclear weapons or materials.
Well, I think we still have to verify whatever declaration we will get and make sure that it is comprehensive and accurate. So, that would take care of the past activities.
Challenging the integrity of the non-proliferation regime is a matter which can affect international peace and security.
We know North Korea has the plutonium that can go into the bomb.
Israel is the number one rogue state threat to Middle Eastern peace with its nuclear arms and acts of outright aggression towards its peaceful neighbours Syria and Lebanon - and genocidal actions against the marginalised Palestinians of the West Bank - and Gaza in particular.
The dream of democracy has long been enshrined in the hearts of the Egyptian people. It only needed awakening.
So, we need to delegitimize the nuclear weapon, and by de-legitimizing.
.. meaning trying to develop a different system of security that does not depend on nuclear deterrence.
Egypt under Hosni Mubarak had deteriorated to the status of a failed state.
We must wipe the slate clean and start again.
Well, first of all, we now have everybody with the exception of India, Pakistan, and Israel, and I don't think these three countries are going to join by simply providing them an incentive, in terms of technology.
Everybody has to chip in, I think, and see how we can have a functioning system of collective security where we do not continue to face the threat of countries trying to acquire weapons of mass destruction or particularly nuclear weapons.
Every country has the right to nuclear technology as long as they use it safely, peacefully and in a secure way.
Libya is a good example of a country that has come to a realization that weapons of mass destruction threaten more than assure, and I hope that will be followed by others.
How can you run for president if you dont know the job description?
All I know is, I think I would like to continue to do public service.
Whether weapons exist in Iraq, Saddam Hussein or post-Saddam Hussein, it is a serious enough issue that require that we continue to go and make sure that Iraq does not have weapons.
The globalization that has swept away the barriers to the movement of goods, ideas and people has also swept with it barriers that confined and localized security threats.
I have a lot of interests in global issues, as you know, humanity, inequity, arms control, and I continue to be active on all these issues.
Once in a while, I have to pinch myself to remind myself I am Nobel laureate, but that is not part of my work plan every day.
We still live in a world where if you have nuclear weapons, you are buying power; you are buying insurance against attack.
No one should be put on trial without a valid reason.
Former President Morsi must be treated with dignity. These are the conditions of national reconciliation.
Nobody wants any country to have nuclear weapons.
The sooner we put Egypt on the right track, the sooner we would be able to have an Egypt that is modern, that is moderate, and that is acting as a beacon for freedom and liberty across the Arab world.
I have, as you know, the utmost respect for President Obama as a person.
Whether we report Iran to the council or not, I believe the only way forward is through diplomacy.
People talk about smart sanctions and crippling sanctions.
Ive never seen smart sanctions, and crippling sanctions cripple everyone, including innocent civilians, and make the government more popular.
In my view, stability only comes with a government that is elected by the people and works for the people.
I hope everybody will go back to the negotiating table.
I've always said this is the only way forward.
The simple fact is that there is a limited amount of water on the planet, and we cannot afford to be negligent in its use. We cannot keep treating it as if it will never run out.
We now have the right to have immediate, unfettered access to any site in Iraq and we have the right to interview people, both inside and outside Iraq.
You either have a civil society or you dont.
I'm a lawyer. I go for due process; I go for fairness and equity - these values mean a lot to me.
If I could have just 1 per cent of the money spent on global armaments, no one in this world would go to bed hungry.
If you bet on individuals, instead of the people, you are going to fail.
Managing a country is like managing a company in many ways.
It maybe involves more complicated issues, but its the same skills.
Youre shooting yourself in the foot if you isolate or disempower the moderates.
Verification and diplomacy, used in conjunction, can be effective,.
My father taught me that you have to stand by your principles.
If a huge number of people call for change, the government will have to react.
If you want to avoid uprisings, or demonstrations, you need to respond to the peoples desperate need for change.
The Egyptians have grown in confidence, theyve tasted freedom, and theres no way back.
I grew up in a conservative household.
That was the life of the time in Egypt: a conservative, middle-class household.
Everybody's still talking about diplomacy and I'm very hopeful that as long as we talk about diplomacy, as long as we're not talking about enforcement measures, sanctions, et cetera, we are on the right track. But we need to accelerate the process.
The Germans should be the first to sympathize with us [Egyptians].
They know how difficult it is to build a democracy following a dictatorship, and they were the first to be critical of Morsi's anti-democratic policies.
We continue to have nuclear weapons relied on as a weapon of choice.
If that policy were to continue, we continue to have countries who are in a security bind, if you like, or perceive themselves to be in security bind to look for acquisition of nuclear weapons.
I think the ultimate sense of security will be when we come to recognize that we are all part of one human race. Our primary allegiance is to the human race and not to one particular color or border. I think the sooner we renounce the sanctity of these many identities and try to identify ourselves with the human race the sooner we will get a better world and a safer world.