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Occupied Territories

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his European counterparts regarding the EU demand for reparations from Israel for damage done to projects and infrastructure paid for by the European Union. [121675]

Action taken by Israel in self defence must be proportionate. Israel must avoid civilian casualties and avoid damaging civilian property and infrastructure.Together with our EU partners we have raised our concerns about the damage to EU and other donor-funded projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip caused by Israeli military actions and demanded that this practice stop. The EU reserves the right to demand compensation. The European Commission continues to monitor and cost this damage.