The following is a press statement released by Paul Murphy, on the involvement and co-operation of NATO and the European Union, and Ireland’s false face f neutrality.
Press Statement: Paul Murphy MEP (Socialist Party) 29 January 2013
· Minister Shatter should revoke invitation to NATO spin doctor to defence seminar on Friday
· EU presidency continues to make a mockery of Irish neutrality
“The invitation of NATO’s Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy James Appathurai to a “defence seminar” this Friday in Dublin Castle organised as part of the Irish Presidency is a kick in the teeth to any notion of Irish neutrality.
“Appathurai’s job is act as spin doctor for the world’s largest military alliance. It is a sick joke to have him speak on “peace support and peace enforcement operations.” The reality is this nuclear armed alliance has for over ten years being waging war in Afghanistan where tens of thousands of civilians have died and three million people have become refugees.
“The eu2013.ie website presents the event as being about the EU and UN and makes no mention of a senior NATO official speaking at this defence seminar. This is keeping with the successive Irish government’s duplicity toward the Irish people with regard to its approach to NATO, whose troops are allowed access to Shannon airport.”
“Alan Shatters as Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence should immediately revoke the invitation of NATO speakers to this conference and any other events they have been invited to as part of the Irish presidency.”