Written Answers. - International Meetings.

Joe Sherlock

Question:

42 Mr. Sherlock asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on his discussions with the UN Special Ambassador, Richard Haass, during his meeting on 11 June 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14816/02]

Ambassador Haass and I have met on a number of occasions since his appointment by President Bush as Ambassador-at-Large with overall responsibility for Ireland. During the Ambassador's most recent visit to Ireland on 11 June, we had a wide-ranging discussion. In particular, I took the opportunity to reiterate the Government's appreciation for continued US support for the peace process. I updated Ambassador Haass on recent political developments in Northern Ireland and the vital importance of encouraging and building support for the peace process on all sides of the community. I stressed the Government's concern at the current security situation, particularly at interface areas in Belfast, and the need for all parties to support the efforts of the Police Service of Northern Ireland to reduce community tensions. We also exchanged views on the Middle East, the situation in India and Pakistan and the fight against international terrorism.

Question No. 43 answered with Question No. 16.