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Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the policy of the Quartet is on talks with Hamas. (186602)

The policy of the Quartet on engagement with Hamas remains based on its three Quartet principles: non-violence; recognition of Israel; and acceptance of previous agreements, including the road map. These principles are not set unreasonably high and remain the fundamental conditions for a viable peace process. We hope that Hamas will accept the principles and grasp the opportunity for dialogue and progress.