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Eu Policy: Palestinian Administration

Volume 597: debated on Thursday 18 February 1999

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are seeking to establish a common European Union policy as regards the final status of the Palestinian Administration and the end of the Oslo Declaration period on 4 May 1999. [HL966]

The EU has consistently supported the Peace Process and full implementation of the Oslo Accords and subsequent agreements, including the Wye River Memorandum of October 1998 which calls for the immediate resumption of negotiations on the final status issues.Most recently the GAC on 25 January urged both sides to implement the Wye Memorandum fully and without new conditions. On behalf of the Presidency, Foreign Minister Fischer toured the region from 10–14 February. In the light of the Presidency's report, the EU will review how best it can support the Peace Process in the next period, including the implications of the expiry of the five-year Interim Period established under Oslo. It remains our strong wish, and that of our EU partners, that the EU should maintain a consensus approach to the Peace Process.