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Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 23rd February 2005.

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Photo of Mrs Diana Organ Mrs Diana Organ Labour, Forest of Dean

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

(1) what progress has been made in ensuring that women are represented at the Palestine/Israel peace negotiations;

(2) whether he supports UN Resolution 1325, calling for women to be represented at the Palestine/Israel peace talks;

(3) what representations he has received concerning UN Resolution 1325, on representation of women at the Palestine/Israel peace talks.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We supported UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts. We are not aware of any representations to British Ministers concerning the application of UNSCR 1325 to the Middle East Peace Process. However, we support efforts to integrate women into the peace process.

We welcome the participation of Palestinian women in the municipal elections which took place in the West Bank on 23 December 2004. 46 of the 306 newly elected councillors are women. Around half of them won their seats owing to a provision in the electoral law reserving at least two seats per council to women. We wish to see women continuing to play an active role in the Middle East peace process.

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