Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (40)

Mick Wallace

Question:

40. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will work at EU level to impose the Chemical Weapons Convention on the Middle East. [41176/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Ireland has always supported the universalisation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and we will continue to encourage the six states which have not ratified or acceded to it (Israel, Egypt, South Sudan, Angola, North Korea and Myanmar) to do so as quickly as possible. The EU, through its Strategy on Weapons of Mass Destruction endorsed by the Council of the European Union on 9 December 2003, has also given strong support to universal accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention and has provided substantial financial assistance to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to that end.