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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to investigate and report on the use of UK-supplied weapons during Israel's military operation in Gaza; and if he will make a statement. (250363)

I refer the right hon. Member to the written ministerial statement made by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 21 April 2009, Official Report, column 8WS.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in his Department plan to have with governments of Arab states in respect of the alleged murder of persons in the Gaza Strip by Hamas members since December 2008; and if he will make a statement. (272168)

We condemn all attacks targeting innocent civilians. The UK is clear in its calls for Hamas to renounce all violence, and to adhere to international law. Ministers remain in close touch with their counterparts in Israel and around the Arab world.

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 alleged murder of persons in the Gaza Strip by Hamas members since December 2008; and if he will make a statement. (272178)

The Government condemn all 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.