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Middle East: Peace Negotiations

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

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham PPS (Mr Mike O'Brien, Minister of State), Department for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps the Government have taken to assist the peace process between Israel and Palestine; and what recent discussions he has had with the Israeli and Palestinian Governments on the matter.

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

holding answer 21 July 2008

The UK provides strong political support to the peace process urging both sides to negotiate towards a two-state solution and to put a stop to their actions which undermine it. In particular, we urge the parties to address the restrictions that Israel imposes on the movement and access of Palestinians and the ongoing violent attacks perpetrated by Palestinian militants against Israel.

My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have visited the region recently and we are in frequent contact with both authorities in order to do what we can to encourage a robust peace resolution.

We also provide assistance to the Palestinian Authority to develop their governance structures, economy and security efforts. A viable economy and a reliable security force are the integral foundations of any future Palestinian state.

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