Republican News · Thursday 5 October 1999

[An Phoblacht]

PANA Campaigns for Neutrality Amendment

The Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) has embarked on a campaign to have Irish neutrality enshrined in the 26 County constitution.

PANA is a campaign group to fight for an ``independent Irish Foreign policy, to maintain our neutrality and support the United Nations and the OSCE as the institution through which Ireland should pursue its security concerns.''

In particular they are campaigning for an amendment to the constitution. PANA proposes to amend Article 29.2 , which states that ``Ireland affirms its adherence to the principle of the pacific settlement of international arbitration or judicial determination'', by adding, ``To this end the state shall, in particular, maintain a policy of non-membership of military alliances.''

Roger Cole, Chairperson of PANA, explains that by the Spring of next year Ireland's participation in the UN peace missions will end. Instead, we have committed troops to the EU's Rapid Reaction Force. This signals the end of our neutrality and the start of our involvement in a Federal Nuclear Armed Superstate.

``There is no doubt, whatever, that the Irish people oppose ending neutrality, and joining any nuclear force. This is why the government didn't hold the referendum they had promised us in their manifesto.

``The Neutrality Amendment, if passed, would prevent the political leaders from destroying our neutrality. It they oppose it, they will be forced to expose their real objective of Irish membership of NATO and the WEU, which they publicly oppose.''

The campaign needs the support of 7 TDs, in one party, to secure discussion of the proposed amendment. To secure a referendum on the amendment, PANA needs the support of a majority of TDs.

PANA can be contacted at Tel: 2806878,

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