Middle East

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution she is making to efforts to prevent Iran and Syria from rearming Hezbollah with rockets in southern Lebanon.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The UK worked hard at the UN to bring about UN Security Council Resolution 1701. This places an embargo on the unauthorised supply of arms to Lebanon. The UK is providing 47 Land Rovers to help the Lebanese Army implement Resolution 1701, including by patrolling the Syrian border more effectively. The UK also contributes funds to UN Interim Force in Lebanon, which is helping the Lebanese create a weapons-free zone in south Lebanon.

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