Dáil Éireann - Volume 417 - 24 March, 1992
Written Answers. - Recognition of Commonwealth of Independent States.
Mr. Allen Mr. Allen
307. Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will outline the steps, if any, he has taken to explore the possibilities of establishing new formal links with members of the Commonwealth of Independent States; and whether he will be having separate discussions with each State.
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Andrews) David Andrews
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Andrews): Ireland has recognised all of the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States and has established direct contact with each of them.
Ireland's already has diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation. These are conducted on its behalf by the Irish Embassy in Moscow.
Ireland's network of diplomatic relations, both resident and non-resident, is small and must remain so for the foreseeable future, given our limited financial and personnel resources. Possibilities for its extension are examined from time to time in the light of our national and international interests and the availability of the necessary resources. It is established practice in  regard to diplomatic relations to proceed only by agreement between the countries concerned. Announcements are made by agreement at the appropriate time and it would be contrary to international practice to speculate publicly in advance of any such announcement.
I have already met with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and I am anxious to meet with my colleagues from other members of the Commonwealth as soon as this is practicable.
Dáil Éireann 417 Written Answers. Recognition of Commonwealth of Independent States.