Middle East Peace Process

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 1:46 pm on 15th January 1997.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind Foreign Secretary 1:46 pm, 15th January 1997

I agree that the matter is crucial. I raised it directly with Mr. Netanyahu, both when I saw him in Israel and when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and I saw him in Lisbon. We have also encouraged through the European Union a study of the economic needs of the Palestinians in the west bank and of Gaza and hope that it will lead to rapid improvements, particularly in access for, and free movement of, those who live in those territories.