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West Bank: Israeli Settlements

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 20th March 2007.

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Photo of Martin Linton Martin Linton PPS (Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Secretary of State), Department for Constitutional Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will table a motion under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter requiring Israel not to expand its settlements in the west bank.

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

Settlements are illegal under international law and settlement activity is an obstacle to peace. The Roadmap is clear that Israel should freeze all settlement construction including the "natural growth" of existing settlements, and dismantle all outposts built since 2001. We will continue to raise our concerns about settlement activity with the Israeli government.

We have no plans to table a Chapter 7 resolution in the UN Security Council onIsrael's settlement activities.

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