Tuesday, 8 March 1983
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Taylor: asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the continuing atrocities and massacres being committed in the state of Assam, India, and if he will make urgent representations to the Indian authorities on the matter.
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. P. Barry): The Government very much regret and condemn the recent massacres caused by extremist elements in the Indian state of Assam which have resulted in the deaths of an estimated 4,000 people there. These massacres, which have been condemned by the Indian Government, are the result of a long standing dispute between the local Assamese and Bengali settlers who have been moving into Assam for more than a century, which came to a head with the decision of the Government of India to proceed with elections in Assam as is provided for in the Constitution of India.
The Government of India have already taken urgent measures to maintain order in Assam and to prevent further massacres. It is to be hoped that these measures, which include the use of the Indian Army to try to control mob violence and  restore law and order in the state, will be successful. In view of the actions which have been taken by the Government of India, I do not feel that it is appropriate or necessary for the Irish Government to make representations to the Indian authorities at this time.
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