House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in respect of the proposed displacement of Bedouin from the Negev desert under the Prawer-Begin plan.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The UK will continue to follow closely the Israeli government's plans with respect to Bedouin villages in the Negev. We have made clear our view about the need to avoid forced displacement. We have continually encouraged the Israeli government and Bedouin communities to engage in dialogue to agree a lasting, satisfactory solution to this long-standing and complex issue.

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