Thursday, 25 October 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
92. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the attempts made to cut the funding of the UN Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People; and if he has made representations to the committee offering Ireland’s support to it’s activities, or if he will to do so at any stage. [25921/07]
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Dermot Ahern): I am not aware of any proposal to reduce funding for the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, which was established by the UN General Assembly in 1975.
Cyprus and Malta are the only EU Member States which participate in the Committee. The other 25 Member States, including Ireland, have abstained in the annual vote in the UN General Assembly on the work of the Committee, on the grounds that the Resolutions concerned do not adequately reflected the priorities of the peace process. In this regard, Ireland is a long-standing and active proponent of the establishment of an independent Palestinian State and we consistently highlight the urgency of advancing the search for a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East, based on a peaceful, lasting and just two-State solution to the Israeli — Palestinian conflict.
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