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Israel and Palestine: Compensation

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether they will include in their diplomatic efforts to secure a cessation of Middle East military actions on all sides the case for the parties to the conflict paying compensation for loss of life and injuries to civilians, as well as war damage for buildings. [HL7080]

At the G8 summit in St Petersburg on 16 July, G8 leaders outlined the conditions leading to a cessation of violence in the region that will be sustainable and lay the foundation for a more permanent solution. This requires:

the return of the Israeli soldiers in Gaza and Lebanon unharmed;

an end to the shelling of Israeli territory;

an end to Israeli military operations and the early withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza;

and the release of the arrested Palestinian Ministers and parliamentarians.

The framework for resolving these disputes is already established by international consensus. We have no plans to seek to include the payment of compensation as a further condition.