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New EU Foreign Policy Chief snubs our Minister as Israel embarks on further illegal settlements in Palestine

10 March, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the Government to end its consent for the continuation of the preferential trade agreement with Israel after the Israeli Government announced it’s intention to build a further 1,600 illegal settlement houses in Palestine.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh described as a major snub the fact that the new EU Foreign Policy Chief chose to ignore a lengthy report presented to her by Minister Mícheál Martin.

Last weekend Minister Martin brought a lengthy report to the EU seeking action in response to the conditions he'd witnessed in Gaza. However the new EU foreign policy chief baroness Catherine Ashton said she would decide herself what the issues are and only after seeing them for herself.

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The EU’s new foreign policy chief refused to take you at your word last weekend Minister Martin. This was a major snub. We’ve both been to Gaza. You know what you saw. Stop letting the Baroness treat you like a leipreacháin. Go back to Europe and demand real action now.

“There is an urgent need for the government to respond to the rogue Israeli state’s announcement of their intention to build a further 1,600 illegal settlement houses with swift and effective action by breaking the EU ‘do nothing / business as usual’ consensus.

“The Government should officially withdraw Irish consent for the continuation of the Association Agreement which offers Israel preferential trade.

“This is necessary to send Israel a clear message that their occupation is unpardonable, their blockade deplorable and their abuse of third party nations, including through the theft of passports, intolerable.” ENDS

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