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Palestinians: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th December 2011.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his international counterparts and (b) representatives of international organisations about the situation in Gaza.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We are currently working closely with the Quartet, the UN and EU partners to raise more strongly the situation of Gaza with the Israeli authorities. We continue to call on Israel to ease restrictions on access including access to humanitarian and medical supplies.

Our ambassador in Tel Aviv raises these concerns regularly with Israeli authorities. It was also formally raised by the UK at the annual Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting of donors in New York on 18 September both in the plenary session and in bilateral meetings with the Israeli delegation in the margins of the main event.

As the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs reiterated to the House on 28 November 2011, Hansard, column 691:

“We look to Israel to permit the further opening of Gaza so that all Palestinian people can see a pathway to a better future, living side by side with a secure Israel. It is vital that Israel takes that action.”

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