House of Lords written question – answered at on 19 December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Janner of Braunstone Lord Janner of Braunstone Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Palestinian Authority leaders to encourage the resumption of peace negotiations.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

We make regular representations to the Palestinian leadership to encourage the resumption of peace negotiations.

We believe that there is a need to make urgent progress on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before the window for such a solution closes. We believe that Israel's security and the realisation of the Palestinians' right to statehood are not opposing goals. On the contrary they are intimately intertwined objectives.

For more detail on the Government's position on this issue, I refer the noble Lord to the Statement made by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) to the other place on 28 November 2011, Official Report, columns 689-690.

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