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Middle East

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the relationship between Palestine and Israel. (107319)

We welcome the ceasefire in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israel and hope it paves the way for dialogue and a return to negotiations. We also welcome President Abbas' and Prime Minister Olmert's commitment to meet without pre-conditions.

We must make progress towards a comprehensive peace and two-state solution, and an end to the cycle of violence. Both President Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert remain committed to this process.