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Gaza: Frontiers

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on the closure of Gaza's borders; and if he will make a statement. (172016)

There is a pressing need to overcome the obstacles to re-opening Gaza's crossings for humanitarian goods, trade and people. The quartet (US, EU, UN and Russia) has expressed concern over the continued closure of major crossing points. The UN is actively involved in trying to find a solution. The EU has called

"on all parties to work towards an opening of the crossings in and out of Gaza".

My right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development issued a statement on 30 October expressing our concern at the situation in Gaza. The full text of the statement can be found at:

http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391629&a=KArticle&aid=1193597605085&year=2007&month=2007-10-01.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said in his statement to the House on 28 November, following the Annapolis Conference, that we should not lose sight of Gaza, an integral part of a future Palestinian state Official Report, column 284.