asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, following the visit to Israel of the Foreign Minister of France, he remains satisfied with the level of co-operation between the signatories of the Venice declaration in pursuing the aims of the declaration; and if he will make a statement.
The Ten remain committed, through successive decisions of the European Council, to pursue progress towards a settlement on the basis of the principles of the Venice Declaration. These continue in our view to reflect the fundamental balance which will have to be struck if a negotiated settlement is to be reached. We have no reason to believe that this view is not shared by all our partners. I would draw the hon. Gentleman's attention to the identical statements made by the French Government and Her Majesty's Government when announcing on 23 November their willingness to join in the multinational force in Sinai.