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Shebaa Farms

Volume 449: debated on Monday 11 September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government received from the Lebanese Government concerning the Shebaa farms during the visit of the Lebanese Prime Minister to the UK in May. (86626)

Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon raised the Shebaa farms with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister when they met in London on 9 May 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations the UK Government have made to Israel in the last 12 months regarding its armed presence in the Shebaa farms. (86627)

The UK has not made formal representations to the Government of Israel in the last 12 months regarding the Shebaa farms, although we have discussed the issue in the course of bilateral talks. The UK believes the issue of the Shebaa farms is a bilateral issue for the Governments of Lebanon and Syria which should be resolved through a delineation of their common border as called for in United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1680. As set out in UNSCR 1701, the United Nations Secretary-General is requested to draw up proposals for implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and UNSCRs 1559 and 1680, including on the disputed Shebaa farms area.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which country the Government recognise the Shebaa farms as being a part of. (86686)

The UK believes the issue of the Shebaa farms is a bilateral issue for the Governments of Lebanon and Syria which should be resolved through a delineation of their common border as called for in United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1680. As set out in UNSCR 1701, the United Nations Secretary-General is requested to draw up proposals for implementation of the relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and UNSCRs 1559 and 1680, including on the disputed Shebaa farms area.