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Middle East: Politics and Government

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment the Government have made of the viability of a two-state solution in the Middle East without involvement of (a) Hamas and (b) Hezbollah. (198884)

The UK wholly supports President Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. We believe that the Annapolis process, including negotiations between President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert represents the best way forward towards a viable two-state solution in accordance with their Roadmap committments.

The UK believes that Palestinian unity will be crucial to the creation of a Palestinian state. We believe it is for the Palestinian parties to decide when they are ready to engage with one another. President Abbas has made clear his conditions for dialogue. We have also made clear that without significant movement on the part of Hamas to meet the Quartet's principles, we will be unable to engage with them.