Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Ceisteanna (245)

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

362 Mr. F. McGrath asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will challenge a new ruling by the Israeli Government regarding entry into the Palestinian Authority controlled areas where all foreign visitors must now apply for a permit from the Israeli army in advance of their trip; and if he will raise this issue at UN and EU meetings. [1647/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Foreign)

The matter has been raised with the Israeli authorities in our European Union Presidency capacity. We have asked for clarification of the legal basis for the new procedures and identification of the issuing and enforcing authority. The practical effects of the new ruling are being closely monitored and will, as necessary, be the subject of further contacts with the Israeli authorities.