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West Bank: Housing

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 removal of settlements on the West Bank; and if he will make a statement. (172015)

The Roadmap is clear that Israel should freeze all settlement activity including the natural growth of existing settlements, and dismantle all outposts built since former Prime Minister Sharon's election in March 2001. Settlement building is contrary to international law and is an obstacle to peace. This has been our consistent position and we will continue to raise this with the Israeli government.