Written Answers. - Partnership for Peace.

Dick Spring

Question:

19 Mr. Spring asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs when discussion papers on Partnership for Peace under preparation in his Department will be completed; and if he will present these papers to Government. [22165/98]

Billy Timmins

Question:

20 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the comments, attributed to the Secretary General of his Department which were reported as having been made to the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, that it was curious Ireland was not yet a member of Partnership for Peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22038/98]

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

35 Mr. Gilmore asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on whether Ireland should join the NATO sponsored Partnership for Peace; his view on the assessment of the Secretary General of his Department at a recent meeting of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs that it was curious that Ireland had not decided to join; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22050/98]

Billy Timmins

Question:

42 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will advise the Government that Ireland should join Partnership for Peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22039/98]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19, 20, 35 and 42 together.

I would refer the Deputies to my answer to Priority Question No. 5.