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Sinn Féin calls for all-party support on EU-Israel Association Agreement motion

11 September, 2006

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs will tomorrow debate a Sinn Féin motion (Attached) calling on the government to propose the immediate suspension of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, article two of which contains a provision stating that the agreement is based on respect for human rights. Speaking ahead of the vote, Sinn Féin International Affairs spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called for all-party support for the motion ‘in a spirit of non-partisanship’. He said it was essential that Israelwas shown ‘there will be real consequences for its routine violations of international law.’


The Dublin South-Central TD said: “While this motion was sent to the Committee in July, it continues to be relevant. The Israeli invasion of Lebanonover the summer is simply the most obvious example of that government’s utter contempt for human rights and the sovereignty of its neighbours.


“It is time that a message was sent from the European Union that Israel’s crimes, its violent attacks on Palestinian civilians and its illegal occupations will no longer be nothing more than the subject of condemnatory rhetoric, but that there will be real consequences for its routine violations of international law.


“I am asking all members of the Oireachtas Committee on European Affairs to come together in a spirit of non-partisanship and support this motion.”


Note to newsdesk: The Committee meeting will take place at 11amin Committee Room Three in Leinster House.



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