To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has raised the issue of the demolition structures in Palestine provided for by humanitarian aid and EU member states at EU Foreign Affairs Council meetings; if any course of action has been decided upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
- Darragh O'Brien.
The issue of the destruction by Israel of structures in Area C of the West Bank, which have been funded by the EU or its Member States, is a matter that is currently under discussion at EU level. It has been raised at the Foreign Affairs Council, and Ireland has taken an active role in extended consideration at official level. Ireland has argued for a stronger response to demolitions and confiscations and, in my view, the EU should request compensation in such instances. However, not all EU partners are of the same mind. Agreement on this point has not been reached, but I will continue to advocate for compensation.
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