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Israel and Lebanon

Volume 685: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they did not ask the Government of Israel to contribute funds to the repairs of infrastructure damage in Lebanon. [HL7413]

We have discussed with the Israelis the issue of reconstruction of Lebanon following the conflict. We continue to attach great importance to this and have contributed £22.3 million for humanitarian assistance and early recovery projects in Lebanon. At the Stockholm conference on 31 August, donors pledged more than US $940 million for humanitarian and reconstruction work in Lebanon, well in excess of the US $530 million target required by the Government of Lebanon's early recovery plan.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What actions they are taking to promote future prospects for a peace treaty between Lebanon and Israel. [HL7437]

The UK believes that the prospects for peace between Israel and Lebanon are best served by the effective implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701, which we worked hard with our international partners to secure. The resolution's objectives are to bring about a full cessation of hostilities; to create the space for an urgent humanitarian relief effort; and to begin a process leading to a permanent ceasefire and a durable peace. The UK is now working with our international partners to implement these resolutions, in particular by strengthening the ability of the democratically elected Lebanese Government to exercise control throughout Lebanon, and ensuring that militias, supported and supplied from outside Lebanon, can never again plunge the region into crisis.