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Minster for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin says that none of the other EU states have pointed the finger of blame at the Irish Government over the defeat of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

Speaking after a meeting of foreign ministers in Luxembourg, he said all the states wanted to work with Ireland to find a solution to the situation.

He told a news conference that solidarity was the overwhelming message given to him by the other ministers at today's meeting.

He said there was no talk of the other 26 states going ahead and leaving Ireland behind. In particular, he said, German foreign minster Frank Walter Steinmeyer told him that Germany wanted to work with Ireland.

He said there had been no discussion of putting the Lisbon Treaty to another referendum, nor of any changes to the treaty text or its implementation that may be made.

Mr Martin said Ireland was a strong supporter of a deeper EU with a stronger global role and did not want to be left behind.

Arriving to host the talks earlier, Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel said it was time for 'a little bit of thinking and analysis'.

'It would be risky to say we are going to bring the treaty back to life when we are facing a blockade,' he added.

Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche, who was meeting other EU ministers at bi-lateral meetings in Luxembourg, said there was a real sense of crisis over the Irish rejection of the treaty.

The two-day EU leaders' summit in Brussels on Thursday is expected to chart the way ahead for Ireland.

'New arrangements' possible, says McCreevy

Earlier, EU Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy  conceded that the treaty as it was intended cannot now come into force following Ireland's rejection.

Speaking on RTE Radio's News at One, he said neither the Irish people nor the Government could be 'bullied' following the result, which had to be respected by the EU.

However, Mr McCreevy said it was possible that what he described as 'new arrangements' could be made - ones which would be in the best interests of Ireland and the EU.

On the same programme, Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said the political crux would come if the other 26 member states had ratified the treaty and Ireland had not.

Yesterday, Mr Cowen said the Government and the EU were in uncharted territory in the wake of the referendum result.