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Middle East

Volume 984: debated on Wednesday 14 May 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the Middle East initiative being considered by the EEC Foreign Ministers.

The European Council repeated at its meeting on 28 April its belief that only a comprehensive settlement can bring peace to the Middle East. Foreign Ministers of the Nine are to report on the problem at the Council's next meeting in June. We have no wish to undermine current peace efforts but, with our partners in the Nine, are looking for ways in which we might be able to contribute helpfully to the search for a settlement.