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Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress he has made in conjunction with his European Economic Community colleagues in the development of a new initiative towards solving the Palestinian problem.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on 16 June—[Vol. 986, c. 1126–27]—the European Council issued a statement on the Middle East in Venice on 13 June. The Nine will determine their future action in the light of the contacts with the parties concerned called for in the statement. The Nine's objective is to reconcile Israel's legitimate security concerns with the political rights of the Palestinians.