Thursday, 30 May 2013

Questions (59)

Brendan Smith


59. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if any new initiatives were discussed at the recent EU Foreign Affairs Council in relation to the urgent need to renew the Middle East peace process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26562/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Due to pressure of other business, the discussion of the Middle East Peace Process which had been planned for the Foreign Affairs Council on 27 May was postponed to the Council’s meeting in June. It had been intended that Ministers would discuss the initiative of US Secretary of State Kerry to restart the peace process, and in particular what the EU could do in support of, and in parallel to, his efforts. It is likely, depending on the timing of any US moves, that there will be a major discussion of the Middle East Peace Process at the Foreign Affairs Council on 24 June, which will include a review of developments in relation to the issues raised in the May 2012 Council Conclusions on the MEPP.