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House of Commons Hansard
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11 November 2009
Volume 499
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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to Governments of Arab states to secure the release of Gilad Shalit. [298555]

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We continue to call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit without further delay or conditions. I met Noam Shalit, Gilad's father, in Tel Aviv in August 2009 to demonstrate our ongoing support. On the same visit, I also stressed the need for his immediate release to those I met within the Palestinian Authority. Since then, in discussions at the UN, we have also made clear to Arab governments and others the need for his immediate release.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with human rights organisations on Gilad Shalit since July 2009; and if he will make a statement. [298561]

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During recent exchanges with non-governmental organisations on the Goldstone report, we have continued to stress the need for Hamas to release Gilad Shalit without further delay or conditions.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of the Arab League on Gilad Shalit. [298562]

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We continue to call on Hamas to release Gilad Shalit without further delay or conditions. In recent discussions at the UN, we have made clear to all concerned, including the Arab League, the need for his immediate release.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he, (b) ministerial colleagues and (c) officials of (i) his Department and (ii) other Government Departments have had recent discussions with representatives of (A) the Palestinian authority, (B) Hamas and (c) Hezbollah on Gilad Shalit. [298563]

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We continue to call on Hamas which is holding Gilad Shalit to release him without further delay or conditions. While we welcome the videotape released by Hamas on 2 October 2009 as part of a prisoner-swap deal, the continued captivity of Gilad Shafit is utterly unacceptable.