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Wed, 30 Apr 1997

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Priority Questions. - Northern Ireland Peace Process.

Ray Burke

5 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will give his assessment of the prospects in respect of resuming productive and inclusive all-party talks following elections on the basis of a renewed IRA ceasefire and averting a serious escalation in community tensions during the marching season. [11630/97]

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Wed, 30 Apr 1997

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Priority Questions. - Military Neutrality.

Ray Burke

6 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make a clear, unequivocal statement of Government policy in relation to Ireland's military neutrality; and if he will guarantee that this Government will not commit Ireland to membership of the NATO-led Partnership for Peace, without first consulting the Irish people through a referendum. [11547/97]

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Wed, 30 Apr 1997

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Other Questions. - UN Debt.

Ray Burke

8 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount of money owed to Ireland by the UN; and the progress, if any, which has been made during the term of the present Government in reforming the UN, with particular reference to funding and institutional structure. [11548/97]

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Wed, 19 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Fair Employment.

Ray Burke

4 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the steps, if any, being taken by the Government to put pressure on the British Government to establish a full inquiry into allegations of sectarian discrimination against Baroness Denton, the Northern Ireland Minister for Fair Employment; and the progress, if any, being made to resolve this fundamentally important issue. [7467/97]

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Wed, 19 Mar 1997

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Priority Questions. - Security and Defence Policy.

Ray Burke

5 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government's reaction to a report adopted by the EU Committee on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence Policy which calls on the EU to define its armaments policy, to consolidate as a defence entity and for the Western European Union to define the material needed for achieving common foreign and security policy objectives; whether the Government supports the development of the Western European Union as the instrument for implementation of a common foreign and security policy in view of its first strike nuclear capability; and whether the Government supports the allocation of EU budget credits to the arms industry made in the report. [7469/97]

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Thu, 6 Feb 1997

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Priority Questions. - Northern Ireland Marches.

Ray Burke

1 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will give the Government's considered response to the North report; the action, if any, being taken following publication to ensure there is no repetition of some of the events of the 1996 marching season; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3336/97]

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Thu, 6 Feb 1997

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Priority Questions. - Human Rights Unit.

Ray Burke

2 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the proposals, if any, he has to increase the scope and resources of the human rights unit within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3333/97]

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Thu, 6 Feb 1997

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Priority Questions. - Beef Exports.

Ray Burke

3 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the plans, if any, he has to utilise his position to initiate urgent steps to ensure a satisfactory resolution to the Russian and Egyptian beef bans which are having a detrimental effect on the Irish agriculture industry following the recent departure of the delegation of Egyptians vets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3213/97]

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Thu, 6 Feb 1997

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Ceisteanna—Questions. Priority Questions. - Developing Countries' Debts.

Ray Burke

4 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on any proposal which would aim to cancel by the year 2000 the debts owed to first world countries by less developed countries; the steps, if any, he will take if he views any such proposal positively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3334/97]

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Thu, 6 Feb 1997

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Other Questions. - Imprisonment of Tibetan Musician.

Ray Burke

7 Mr. Briscoe and Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) a Tibetan musician, sentenced to 18 years imprisonment by the Chinese authorities on 26 December 1996; and the steps, if any, being taken by the Government in its capacity as a member of the EU Troika to address this issue and the wider abuse of human rights occurring in Tibet. [3227/97]

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Tue, 28 Jan 1997

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Ceisteanna—Questions. - European Union Policy.

Ray Burke

1 Mr. R. Burke asked the Taoiseach if his new year statement that he will fight for a federal Europe in 1997 represents Government policy. [1374/97]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Northern Ireland Talks.

Ray Burke

16 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the progress, if any, to date of the Stormont talks; and if the two Governments will set a firm date for a plenary session in January 1997 with inclusive attendance provided that there is an unequivocal restoration of the IRA ceasefire and a willingness by Sinn Féin to subscribe and adhere to the Mitchell principles. [24138/96]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Control of World Armaments.

Ray Burke

17 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the progress, if any, made under Ireland's Presidency of the EU in imposing greater control on the world armaments sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24055/96]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Other Questions. - Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.

Ray Burke

19 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government's and the EU's response to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 15 November 1996 on the International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, which called on the Commission to link all aid to reconstruction in the Republica Srpska to bringing persons accused of genocide and crimes against humanity before the tribunal, to make future development of relations with Croatia contingent upon the will of Croatia to co-operate with the court and for the member states to oppose Belgrade's accession to international organisations until the provisions for application required for full co-operation with the tribunal have been implemented. [24056/96]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Northern Ireland Talks.

Ray Burke

16 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the progress, if any, to date of the Stormont talks; and if the two Governments will set a firm date for a plenary session in January 1997 with inclusive attendance provided that there is an unequivocal restoration of the IRA ceasefire and a willingness by Sinn Féin to subscribe and adhere to the Mitchell principles. [24138/96]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Priority Questions. - Control of World Armaments.

Ray Burke

17 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the progress, if any, made under Ireland's Presidency of the EU in imposing greater control on the world armaments sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24055/96]

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Wed, 11 Dec 1996

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Other Questions. - Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia.

Ray Burke

19 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government's and the EU's response to a resolution adopted by the European Parliament on 15 November 1996 on the International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, which called on the Commission to link all aid to reconstruction in the Republica Srpska to bringing persons accused of genocide and crimes against humanity before the tribunal, to make future development of relations with Croatia contingent upon the will of Croatia to co-operate with the court and for the member states to oppose Belgrade's accession to international organisations until the provisions for application required for full co-operation with the tribunal have been implemented. [24056/96]

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Thu, 31 Oct 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Northern Ireland Talks.

Ray Burke

1 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the requirements which each party has to fulfil to participate in the multi-party talks; and if he has satisfied himself that sufficient efforts are being made by the two Governments to persuade the IRA to renew its August 1994 ceasefire. [20102/96]

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Thu, 31 Oct 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Chernobyl Explosion.

Ray Burke

2 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Government's and the EU's position on the proposal to hold military exercises in deserted villages in Belarus; and whether Ireland intends to use its influence as President of the EU to ensure EU assistance in the full-scale decontamination of areas still devastated by the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. [20074/96]

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Thu, 31 Oct 1996

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Ceisteanna — Questions. Oral Answers. - Irish Neutrality.

Ray Burke

5 Mr. R. Burke asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs the implications, if any, for Irish neutrality of the recent decision by the United States of America to set a precise timetable for the enlargement of NATO. [20075/96]

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