Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade

Business of Joint Committee

2:30 pm

Photo of Eric ByrneEric Byrne (Dublin South Central, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I suggested that the Dalai Lama and his entourage were big enough to be able to make whatever political approaches they wish to any politician throughout the world. I doubted that he needed the intercession of Senator Norris to convey his views. The record stands that this committee is always open to requests to receive delegations, and they will be treated with due respect and diligence should they arrive.

The second last item of the minutes refers to the correspondence on the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf. It stated that it was agreed that this subject would be considered further by the joint committee. I would like to keep this issue alive. It is a very important issue in light of the report we got last week, which explains that 60% of the occupants of three refugee camps in Tindouf in Algeria are minors. After 40 years, that is something shocking. The committee should take this on board and pursue it as best we can. The minute reads that it was agreed the subject would be considered further by the joint committee, so do I take it that it will be next week?


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