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Middle East

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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19.

asked the Lord Privy Seal what discussions he has had with the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the current situation in the Middle East ; and if he will make a statement.

I saw the Secretary General of the United Nations when he visited London on 16 April ; he had talks with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. and noble Friend on the international situation on a subsequent visit from 20 to 23 May. These discussions naturally covered the Middle East and the need for progress towards a settlement of the Arab-Israel dispute.

25.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy on Palestinian self-determination as a factor in settling conflict in the Middle East.

We believe that a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East will need to include the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination within the framework of negotiated peace, as well as Israel's right to live in peace and security.

26.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if any new initiatives are proposed by the member States of the European Economic Community on the Middle East.

I refer the hon. Member to my reply earlier today to the hon. Member for Sheffield, Heeley (Mr. Hooley).