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Palestinians: EU Aid

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the reported seizure in the Occupied Palestinian Territories of potassium nitrate disguised in sugar bags that were marked as being part of the humanitarian aid provided by the European Union. (177306)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed this with his EU counterparts. The UK welcomes the European Commission’s statement on this issue on 30 December 2007 that:

"Based on the information received, it appears that these bags cannot be confused with any kind of European Union humanitarian aid. We would consider it an isolated criminal act and we condemn it."

The EU distributes its food aid through United Nations agencies, rather than directly, and does not export any sugar to Gaza.