I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, the urgent need to save and protect the primary teacher substitute supply panel, which has been in existence since 1993, as the greatest losers will be tens of thousands of children in disadvantaged communities who will be deprived of a consistent service that was working well, is staffed by fully qualified and vetted personnel who the children and permanent staff know and is cost neutral. I call on all Members of the Oireachtas to support this service and the INTO in its efforts to defend and protect our education service.
Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will support Argentina on the Malvinas oil dispute at the United Nations
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Deputy Micheál Martin): The issue to which the Deputy refers concerns a long-term dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom regarding the question of sovereignty over the territories of the Falkland (Malvinas), South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, to which both countries lay claim.
Since 1965, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted ten Resolutions on the question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The most recent Resolution was adopted in 1988, in which the General Assembly requested the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom to initiate negotiations with a view to finding the means to resolve peacefully and definitively the problems between both countries, including all aspects of the future of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. The question of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) also has been the subject of successive Resolutions adopted by the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization, most recently on 19 June 2009. In this Resolution, the Special Committee on Decolonization called for a peaceful negotiated settlement of the sovereignty dispute and expressed regret that implementation of Resolutions adopted by the Committee in the past had not started in spite of widespread international support for negotiations between the two Governments. In addition, the Committee requested that the two Governments consolidate the current process of dialogue and cooperation through the resumption of negotiations in order to find a peaceful solution to the sovereignty dispute as soon as possible. Ireland is fully supportive of the Resolutions adopted under the aegis of the United Nations. I would encourage both countries to resume their negotiations in the interest of pursuing a peaceful solution to this dispute, as provided for in the relevant Resolutions.
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