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Middle East

Volume 501: debated on Thursday 26 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps his Department has taken to support the Palestinian Authority in its police and security functions. (301838)

The Government remain committed to the reform of the Palestinian security sector as part of a wider state-building agenda. With the support of the UK (including the British Support Team in Ramallah) and others, the Palestinian Authority is working to increase the effectiveness and accountability of its police and security forces. In doing so, they are not only making west bank towns safer for ordinary Palestinians but also combating terrorism.