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Israel and Palestine: Peace Talks

Volume 687: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What reassessment they have made of the extent to which the road map framework remains the appropriate structure for the revival of viable peace talks and other negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian representatives. [HL156]

Both the Israeli Government and Palestinian President Abbas remain committed to the road map as the way forward. The road map sets out the steps necessary to fulfil the vision of two states, Israel and Palestine, and the establishment of a just and lasting peace. It provides for a viable and secure state of Palestine and a secure state of Israel, consistent with UN Security Council resolutions and the principle of land for peace.

The international community will continue to work with both parties to resume viable peace negotiations. As my right honourable friend the Prime Minister has made clear, negotiations are manifestly the best way to move this process forward, and it is the role of the international community to give negotiations the best chance of success.