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Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009


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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek an early meeting of the Middle East quartet to discuss possible war crimes committed against civilians in the recent military action in Gaza; and, if so, what follow up action will be needed. [HL562]

As my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary told the House of Commons on 19 January 2009 (Official Report, col. 501),

“those allegations must be closely and speedily investigated. Obviously, the three key parties to that investigation are the UN, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Government of Israel, and we are in touch with all of them”.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning reparations for its action in Gaza. [HL912]

The UK would welcome an Israeli contribution to the wider reconstruction effort. The most essential Israeli contribution that we continue to press for is the immediate free and unhindered passage of humanitarian aid, reconstruction materials, and staff of UN agencies and international non-governmental organisations through the Gaza crossings.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they and the Middle East quartet are working (a) to create a permanent and effectively monitored cease-fire in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank; and (b) to achieve the opening of all crossings into and out of Gaza. [HL1122]

We, and the quartet members, are strongly supporting—both politically and practically—efforts to make the ceasefire sustainable by tackling smuggling and reopening the crossings. We are also backing ongoing Egyptian efforts to embed the ceasefire and address division in Palestinian politics.