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Tuesday, 10 September 1985
Page: 353

(Question No. 150)

Senator Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 26 March 1985:

Are the Irish Republic and the United Kingdom on the threshold of an agreement designed to bring peace to Northern Ireland; if so, has the United Kingdom released any details of the proposed agreement to the Australian Government.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Foreign Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The Australian Government has no information concerning any imminent agreement designed to bring peace to Northern Ireland. I understand, however, that Anglo-Irish discussion are continuing and are addressing such matters as the ways in which the security services, police and judiciary can be made more acceptable to the Northern Irish Catholic minority.

The Australian Government welcomes the fact that the consultative process between the British and the Irish is continuing and that good-will remains on both sides in the effort to find a resolution of the Northern Ireland situation.