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Middle East

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the reports from Israel that the terrorist responsible for the suicide bombing on 29 April in Tel Aviv and his accomplice were British citizens: and if he will make a statement. [111876]

The Metropolitan Police Service Anti-Terrorist Branch is liaising very closely with the Israeli authorities and is carrying out inquiries into all relevant aspects of this case, including reports that the terrorist and his accomplice were British citizens. A team of UK officers travelled to Tel Aviv on 2 May to talk to the Israelis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what measures have been put in place to exert pressure on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to comply with the roadmap for peace in the Middle East. [111324]

We expect both sides to work enthusiastically to implement the roadmap, recognising that the interests of both peoples are best served by ending the violence and negotiating a just and lasting settlement, in the way it sets out. Exerting external pressure at this early stage would, we believe, send quite the wrong message about the roadmap's intrinsic merits.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what independent monitoring mechanisms will be put in place to ensure compliance with each phase of the roadmap for the Middle East. [111327]

The roadmap contains provision for third party monitoring of the agreement. The quartet is currently in the process of drawing up a mechanism to achieve this. We shall expect all parties to co-operate with it fully and are ready to provide whatever assistance we can to ensure its success.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from (a) the Israeli Defence Force and (b) the United Nations on the killing of Mr. Ian Hook: and if he will place these in the Library. [110909]

The Israelis have reported privately to Mr. Hook's family on the findings of their investigation. A copy of the UN report has been passed privately to Mr. Hook's family. The UN has not published its report and has no plans to do so at this stage.