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Gaza: Diplomatic Service

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports from UNRWA Commissioner-General Karen Abu-Zayd that Israel has stopped UN staff based in Gaza from using the diplomatic pouch; and if he will make a statement. (244763)

The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) informs us that it has suspended the diplomatic bag in and out of Gaza since mid-November 2008 after incidents in early November when officials carrying the bag were turned back from Gaza. UNRWA is following up with the Israeli authorities and has not requested our assistance.