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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:42 pm on 2nd July 2019.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State 12:42 pm, 2nd July 2019

I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for pointing out that I am answering questions that do not normally fall within my responsibility. My wingspan has stretched wider than I or any Member would normally expect.

My right hon. Friend is far more expert on this issue than I am, but the one point on which we can all agree is that a period of de-escalation and dialogue would be far preferable to any continuing tension and violence. I very much hope that all those who are involved in this issue can pause for thought and try to plot a way through this without further escalating any kind of conflict.