House of Lords written question – answered on 14th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Hamas' recent concessions, whether they will publicly welcome the new unity Government; and whether they have plans to work with Hamas as a political organisation.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave Lord Judd on 9 February 2012 about reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah (Hansard, col. 364).

The quartet has set out clearly that Hamas must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements. Hamas must make credible movement towards these conditions, which remain the benchmark against which its intentions should be judged before direct contact will he made.

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