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Heads Of State (Assassination)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what Her Majesty's Government's policy is on the assassination of heads of state recognised by the United Nations; and what recent representations have been made to other countries on this matter. [131112]

Our policy is to act in accordance with UK and International law. In the case of the Israeli decision in principle to expel President Arafat, the UK has made its view clear during debates in the UN Security Council and General Assembly. The expulsion or harm of President Arafat would be wrong and counterproductive. Israel should not allow its justified anger at the continuing violence to lead to actions that would undermine both the peace process and Israel's own interests. My noble Friend the Baroness Symons made strong representations to the Israeli Ambassador on this issue on 15 September.