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Arms Reduction

Volume 712: debated on Monday 29 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will discuss proposals for multilateral arms reductions among near-east countries, including Israel, at the next meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers. [HL4321]

There was no discussion of multilateral arms reductions in the Middle East during the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) on 15 June 2009, although Ministers did discuss the Middle East peace process. The Written Ministerial Statement on the 15 June 2009 GAERC was published on 22 June 2009 (Official Report, col. WS 97).

The UK supports a Middle East zone free from weapons of mass destruction and we have consistently supported resolutions calling for such a zone.