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Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 8 January 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to help Lebanon hold democratic elections. (175905)

The UK remains deeply concerned by the political crisis in Lebanon. It is essential for Lebanon’s stability that a free, fair and constitutional Presidential election is held without delay. The UK has been working closely with international partners to resolve the crisis, particularly on the UN Security Council and in the EU. I visited Lebanon last month to encourage all parties to resolve their differences by peaceful and democratic means.