Thursday, 11 April 2019

Ceisteanna (35)

Mick Wallace

Ceist:

35. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights by the President of the United States of America may affect the UN mission in the Golan Heights and involvement by the Defence Forces in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16895/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

The issues arising from the recognition by the President of the United States of America of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights is a matter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

 The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade made clear in a statement of 25th March, 2019, that Ireland, along with the rest of the international community, continues to regard the Golan Heights as Syrian territory occupied by Israel. 

There is no reason to expect that this decision by the United States should affect the position of Irish troops in the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission on the Golan Heights.