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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government’s policy on the recent Arab Peace Initiative is. (248125)

The Arab Peace Initiative offers Israel recognition by, and normalisation of relations with, the 22 Arab League States as part of a comprehensive peace. The Government believe that it provides a positive vision for the progress in the Middle East Peace Process. We are working with the Governments of Israel and of the Arab world to pursue a such comprehensive peace.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what agreements there are affecting the use of British military airbases for the transfer of weapons from the United States to Israel; and whether the terms of such agreements have been invoked in the last two months. (249201)

I have been asked to reply.

The Ministry of Defence has a system in place that requires all countries to seek clearance for all aircraft registered as military or state aircraft that wish to enter, fly over or depart from UK airspace or for civilian aircraft wishing to land at military bases. All other types of aircraft are subject to the requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority. A request for MOD clearance includes the final destination of the flight and details of any dangerous cargo that may be in transit. I can confirm that we have had no such requests for clearance from the US with regards to flights on to Israel in the last two months.