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Minister for Foreign Affairs briefs Government on Flotilla Crisis

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Micheál Martin, T.D., today briefed the Government on yesterday’s events involving the storming of a Turkish vessel by the Israeli military which resulted in at least nine dead and the detention in international waters of other vessels in a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza.

The Minister proposed that the Government should:

  • Condemn the actions by the Israeli military as completely unacceptable and disproportionate and stemming directly from the illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza which the Minister and Government has repeatedly urged should be ended;
  • Call for a full, independent and international enquiry into yesterday’s events, preferably under UN auspices;
  • Call for the immediate and unconditional release of all the Irish citizens detained by Israel and for the Israeli Government to respect its international obligations under the Vienna Convention and ensure full consular access by Irish Embassy officials to those detained;
  • Call upon the Israeli Government to allow the Irish owned vessel, the MV Rachel Corrie, to complete its humanitarian voyage to Gaza peacefully and without any attempt to impede its journey and to be allowed discharge its humanitarian cargo in Gaza upon arrival;
  • Express its deep condolences to the Turkish Government and to the families of all those killed in yesterday’s events as well as to those injured.
  • The Government agreed fully with these points. It also agreed that the Minister for Foreign Affairs should continue to liaise closely with EU colleagues on the current situation and all necessary steps to achieve a peaceful resolution.