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Middle East: Armed Conflict

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Israeli government on its compliance with United Nations Security Council resolution (a) 478 of 1980, on Jerusalem and (b) 1860 of 2009, on Gaza. (304880)

We fully agree with the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 478, and do not recognise as valid under international law the Israeli “basic law” proclaiming a change in the character and status of Jerusalem. We have consistently made clear that we do not accept actions by Israel that seek to alter the status of Jerusalem and the Government’s view that Israel does not have sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which remains occupied territory.

We have made frequent representations to the Israeli Government on the key aspects of UN Security Council Resolution 1860 including the need for the sustained and regular flow of goods and people through the Gaza crossings and renewed efforts towards achieving a comprehensive peace.