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Middle East

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

By leave of the House, I beg to lay a petition relating to the recent conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis. It calls for both sides to work towards a lasting and just peace and a suspension of military aid to both sides, and it calls on the EU and USA to adopt similar practices. The petition has been collected by the Brecknock Peace and Justice Group and contains more than 140 names.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Brecknock Peace and Justice Group, and others,

Declares great concern at the continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to do everything in his power to work for a lasting and just peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians; to suspend all military aid, co-operation and arms sales to both sides in the conflict until a lasting peace agreement is concluded; and to press both the European Union and the United States of America to adopt similar policies.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.