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Occupied Territories: Housing

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 15th September 2008.

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Photo of Phyllis Starkey Phyllis Starkey Labour, Milton Keynes South West

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs following the EU's calls to freeze all settlement activity and dismantle outposts erected since March 2001, how many such outposts have been dismantled; what deadline was given to Israel for compliance; and what steps will be taken in circumstances of continued settlement growth.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The deadline, as set out in phase 1 of the Roadmap, to freeze all settlement activity was May 2003. We do not hold figures on the number of outposts that have been dismantled. The Israeli withdrawal from Gaza involved the removal of the Israeli settlements and outposts there, but settlements continue to expand in the West Bank. We have repeatedly called on all parties to meet their Roadmap obligations and support the Annapolis negotiations as the best opportunity to move towards a two-state solution.

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