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Israel and Palestine: Quartet

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will take the opportunity provided by the formation of the unity government in Gaza to reiterate the case for complying with the principles set out by the quartet, including the cessation of terrorist attacks and the recognition of Israel's right to exist. [HL2760]

As my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary said in another place on 20 March, “We welcome the formation of the Government of national unity and we hope to see them move clearly in the direction of respect for the Quartet principles. We will judge not only their platform, but their actions in that respect”. (Official Report, col. 676). As we have made clear, we have always been willing to work with a government based on the quartet (EU, US, UN and Russia) principles. Now is the time for Hamas to demonstrate a commitment to peace. All members of the national unity Government (NUG) should support Palestinian President Abbas in taking forward the peace process with Israel. We want to see the NUG reinforce and extend the ceasefire, and bring law and order to Palestinian streets. We also want to see them help the early release of the abducted Israeli soldier Corporal Shalit.