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Written Answers. - Visit of UN Special Ambassador.

Wednesday, 27 March 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 551 No. 3

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 60. Mr. Howlin Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin  asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs Information on Brian Cowen Zoom on Brian Cowen  if he will make a statement on his discussions with UN Special Ambassador, Richard Haass during his recent visit here. [10249/02]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Cowen): Since his appointment by President Bush as US Ambassador-at-large with overall responsibility for Ireland last year, Ambassador Haass and I have met on a number of occasions. The ambassador's most recent visit to Ireland was on 15 January, when we had a wide-ranging discussion on issues of mutual interest. I took the opportunity to express the Government's appreciation for the ongoing support of President Bush and the US Administration for the peace process, and to brief Ambassador Haass on recent developments, including the Government's concern about the security situation in North Belfast and the progress made in implementing the Patten recommendations on policing.

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