Middle East

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1994.

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Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester West 12:00 am, 2nd March 1994

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about the middle east peace process.

Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has sent his condolences to chairman Arafat and, through him, to the families of the victims and the injured of the massacre in Hebron. I very much hope that that crime will not be allowed be stand in the way of the peace process.

Photo of Mr Greville Janner Mr Greville Janner , Leicester West

Is the Minister aware that I have written to chairman Arafat, whom I was pleased to meet in London, and to my friend, Afif Sofieh, his representative in the United Kingdom, to express my personal grief and anguish at the awful killings in Hebron? I wish to make it plain that that is the sentiment of the entire Jewish community of this country. I know that the members of that community would, like me, want to associate themselves with the words of the hon. Member for Hendon, South (Mr. Marshall), who hoped that the assassin would not achieve his end—the end of the peace process.

Photo of Douglas Hogg Douglas Hogg Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

I know that what the hon. and learned Gentleman has said will be echoed and repeated by the entire Jewish community in this country.