Dáil Éireann - Volume 585 - 19 May, 2004
Written Answers. - Foreign Conflicts.
Mr. Connaughton Mr. Connaughton
91. Mr. Connaughton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on the assassination of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14501/04]
Ms O’Sullivan Ms O’Sullivan
93. Ms O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has raised with the Israeli authorities the assassination by Israeli Defence Forces of the Hamas leader, Dr. Abdul Azis al Rantissi and the targeted killing of other Palestinian leaders; the response he has received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14564/04]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Mr. Cowen: I propose to take Questions Nos. 91 and 93 together.
 I condemned the killing of Dr. Rantissi in a statement on 18 April in which I also condemned a suicide bombing at the Erez crossing. I pointed out that extra-judicial killings are contrary to international law and that respect for international law should mark an important distinction between democratically elected Governments and terrorist groups. I reiterated these points to the Foreign Minister of Israel, Mr. Silvan Shalom, at our bilateral meeting in Dublin during the Euro-Mediterranean Foreign Ministers’ meeting on 5 May. I pointed out that Ireland’s abhorrence of extra-judicial killings was not a policy directed at Israel, but was universal. I said that this was the established position of the European Union. Foreign Minister Shalom defended the practice and claimed that Israeli actions had a legal justification — a position which I do not accept.
Question No. 92 answered with Question No. 62.
Question No. 93 answered with Question No. 91.
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