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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations in respect of the reported Qassam rocket attack on Eshkol by Palestinians in Northern Gaza on 15 April 2009; and if he will make a statement. (270494)

We unreservedly condemn rocket attacks targeting innocent civilians. The UK led the way at the UN to achieve Security Council Resolution 1860 which clearly condemns all violence directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism. It also spelt out that a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can only be achieved by peaceful means. We continue to work to make progress towards such a solution.