PUSL.- Irish deputy Patrick Costello asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Ireland will use its membership of the United Nations Security Council to push for resolution in respect of Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
The answer of Simon Coveney, Minister for Defence Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade and member of Fine Gael Party was clear regarding the Irish governments support to efforts of the UN-led process and the Secretary-General’s efforts to reach a definitive political settlement on this issue, as well as the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara. This support said the Irish foreign minister is regardless of the outcome as long as it respects the genuine exercise of self-determination.
The Irish government would like to see the appointment, as soon as possible, of a new UN Special Envoy, to take forward that process and build on the momentum which had been developing under the previous Special Envoy, Horst Köhler, before his departure last year, said Coveney.
Ireland will take up its United Nations Security Council seat in January. One of the items on the Council’s agenda is the situation in Western Sahara.