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Middle East

Volume 81: debated on Monday 24 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Her Majesty's ambassador in Amman has reported to him on the recent speech by the chairman of the political committee of the Palestine National Council, as recorded on BBC World Service Radio Newsreel on 9 June, criticising the Hussein-Arafat agreement; and whether the Ambassador has conveyed any message to King Hussein about his reaction.

We have noted criticism by individual Palestinian representatives of the agreement of 11 February between King Hussein and the chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. Official PLO spokesmen stress Mr. Arafat's support for King Hussein's initiative.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report he has received from Her Majesty's ambassador in Tel Aviv of the speech to the Knesset by Prime Minister Shimon Peres on 10 June in which he put forward a peace plan; and what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the substance of the proposals.

We consider that Mr. Peres' remarks contain a number of points which contribute usefully to the narrowing of the gap between the parties to the Arab-Israel dispute.