The Irish Minister for External Affairs, Dr. Patrick Hillery, met the British Foreign Secretary, Sir?
The Irish Minister for External Affairs, Dr. Patrick Hillery, met the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home in London on Wednesday (July 8).
Later, in the Irish Embassy, Dr. Hillery spoke about the topics he and Sir Alec had discussed during the 35-minutes they spent together.
According to an official statement issued by the Foreign Office, Sir Alec Douglas-Home told Dr. Hillery that the British Government was committed not to change the Irish border unless the majority of people in Ulster wanted it. He also stressed that the Government was firmly committed to the principles of equal citizenship for all inhabitants of Northern Ireland.
Sir Alec affirmed that the appropriate authorities were taking action to control the forthcoming Orange parades, with particular emphasis being stressed on defining routes designed to avoid security problems.
After the meeting, Dr. Hillery spoke to an interviewer about the issue of his unannounced visit to Northern Ireland on Monday: