Written Answers. - International Multilateral Agreements.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

825 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the proposed international multilateral agreements under the auspices of her Department being negotiated or prepared; the international organisation, if any, in each case through whose machinery the agreement is being negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement, if adopted; if so, if legislation will be required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19550/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

826 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of her Department which have not been signed by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to sign the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19565/00]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

827 Mr. Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage Gaeltacht and the Islands the international multilateral agreements under the auspices of her Department which have been signed but not ratified or acceded to by the State; the date and place it was opened for signature in each case; the international organisation, if any, through whose machinery the agreement was negotiated; if it is proposed to ratify or accede to the agreement; if so, when; if legislation is required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19580/00]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 825 to 827, inclusive, together.

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. I would also refer the Deputy to my reply of 19 May 1999 in this regard.

Proposed International multilateral agreement

Being negotiated or prepared

Agree but not signed (Date and place opened for signature)

International Organisation involved

If proposed to sign, ratify or accede to the agreement – and if so when

Legislation required

Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage

Being negotiated

UNESCO

Dependant on outcome of negotiations

Yes

Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of armed conflict

UNESCO

Signed on 14th May 1954. It is hoped to ratify this convention in 2002

Yes

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Washington 1978

International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

Signed on 17th October 1974.Ratification after enactment of the Wildlife Bill.

Yes

Agreement on the Conservation of Africa-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)

The Hague, October 1995

United Nations Environment programme

Signed 27th August 1996.Ratification after enactment of the Wildlife Bill.

Yes

Convention on Transfrontier Television

5th May 1989, Strasbourg, France

Council of Europe

Yes2001

No

Protocol amending convention on Transfrontier Television

9th September 1998 Strasbourg, France

Council of Europe

Yes2001

No

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Open for signature

It has been decided not to sign

Council of Europe

Unidroit Convention on stolen or illegally exported Cultural Objects

United Nations, 24th June 1995

United Nations

YesNot decided

Yes