Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Questions (60)

Martin Ferris


60. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the upcoming legal trials of Basque political activists; his views on whether they could have a negative effect on the Basque-Spanish peace process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41175/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Policy on the placement and treatment of a country’s nationals in prison in the European Union is a matter for the democratically elected government and the relevant competent authorities in each Member State in accordance with domestic, European and international law, and, as such, it would be inappropriate for me to become involved in the matter in question. As I have stated previously, the Government continues to support and encourage all efforts that are aimed at securing a definitive peace in the Basque Country.