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Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action is being taken to produce a draft constitution for Palestinian statehood. [106652]

At the London Conference on 14 January, the Palestinian delegation committed to draw up an outline constitution based on the principles of political pluralism, rule of law and respect for human rights, and set out a process of consultation, including a referendum. The Palestinian Constitution Committee published the first draft of the constitution of a future Palestinian state in February 2001. Further drafts have since been prepared. We understand that further public consultation is planned to refine the latest draft. A final draft will be presented for a national referendum in due course. HMG has provided legal advice and financial support for this work.