Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the factors that might result in a breakdown of the ceasefire announced by Israel and the Palestinian Authority on 8 February in Sharm al-Sheikh; and if he will make a statement.

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

We welcome the announcement of a ceasefire made by Prime Minister Sharon and President Abbas at the Sharm-el-Sheikh summit on 8 February. A mutual agreement to end four years of violence is a great step forward. It is critical that both sides stick to their commitments as this will be the best way of achieving long-term stability and enabling a return to the Roadmap. We call upon militant groups not to undermine the efforts made by the Israeli and Palestinian leadership.

We have not made any specific assessment of the dangers that might result in a breakdown of the ceasefire.

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