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Occupied Territories: Peace Negotiations

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likely effectiveness of the Mecca agreement as a basis for peace between Israel and the Palestinians following the break down of the Palestinian Unity Government. (156344)

The Mecca agreement of 9 February 2007, was drawn up by Palestinian parties to end their political deadlock. The outcomes of the agreement were:

cessation of intra-Palestinian violence;

formation of a National Unity government;

reformation of the Palestine Liberation Organisation; and

the need for political co-operation within the laws of the Palestinian National Authority.

The agreement was focused on intra-Palestinian relations and as such has no direct impact on Israeli-Palestinians relations. However, we welcome any progress towards a negotiated, lasting solution.