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Israel and Palestine: Gaza

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Why they were unable to support the proposal of the Government of France at the G8 summit in St Petersburg that Israel should agree to an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and Lebanon at the same time as Hamas and Hezbollah stop their actions.[HL7040]

As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister said during his press conference with the UN Secretary-General on 17 July in St Petersburg:

“It is obviously a very critical situation and the most immediate priority is to create the conditions in which a cessation of violence can happen. But this is a very, very serious situation indeed and it is going to be vital that we use every single effort that we possibly can to make sure over the next few days that we put in place those conditions that can actually allow us to have that cessation of violence”.