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EU drift to NATO alarming - Matt Carthy MEP

28 June, 2016

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has expressed alarm as EU leaders endorse closer ties with NATO.

He was speaking today as an EU summit was expected to endorse “accelerated and practical” ties with the military bloc despite Irish neutrality.

Matt Carthy said:

“I find it alarming that today’s summit  is expected to endorse ever further EU entanglement with NATO.

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny is attending this summit and must vociferously oppose this further drift towards militarisation in the EU.

“It is in blatant contradiction of the principle of Irish neutrality and the wishes of the Irish people who wish Ireland pursue a foreign policy based on peace making and human values.

“NATO has expanded globally and there are efforts through the Lisbon Treaty to rope in the EU. Irish neutrality continues to be weakened.

“This has included Fianna Fáil's decisions to join NATO lead Partnership for Peace (PfP), and the utilisation of Shannon Airport to transport troops to join the illegal invasion of Iraq.

“Despite plans for the creation of a Common European Army, Irish citizens deeply value our neutrality and oppose any Irish role in the growing militarisation of Europe.

“The Irish Government and the Taoiseach must reflect this view and move to defend and promote Irish neutrality.”

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