West Bank

International Development written question – answered on 16th July 2008.

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Photo of Louise Ellman Louise Ellman Chair, Transport Committee, Chair, Transport Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development What assessment he has made of the likely effect on the Palestinian economy of the measures recently agreed on movement and access in the West Bank.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The agreement reached by Israel and the Quartet Representative to improve north-south movement in the west bank and access to the Jordan valley should build confidence and increase economic activity. Progress on this is critical to reviving the Palestinian economy. The agreement on movement and access must be implemented in full.

As statements by the Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State make clear, improved access to Gaza is crucial to ease the suffering of ordinary Gazans.

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