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Israel and Palestine

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the joint mechanism, provided by Section 5 of the Annapolis joint understanding between Israel and Palestine, has implemented any of the road map obligations; if so, which obligations; and, if not, why. [HL145]

Since Annapolis, US General Fraser and more recently US General Selva have led a road-map monitoring team.

There have been some improvements, most notably in Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank. However, significant problems remain. The humanitarian situation in Gaza continues to be a concern. While overall movement and access for Palestinians in the West Bank has improved, the number of net closures has increased. And Israel has not fulfilled its commitments to stop building in settlements. Indeed since Annapolis there has been a significant increase in settlement activity.

We continue to support the road-map priorities and actively encourage both parties to fulfil their commitments.