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Middle East

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL492, tabled on 19 June 2014

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to create trust between Israelis and Palestinians; what United Kingdom and European Union funds are earmarked for that purpose; and what discussions they have had with relevant British non-governmental organisations about trust-building.

Answered on

30 June 2014

The British Government recognises the importance of building trust between Israelis and Palestinians, and supports a number of initiatives aimed at that purpose. Fostering co-existence is a key objective of our £4 million conflict pool, which is available in Israel and the Occupied Territories. The UK also supports projects through the EU, such as through the EU Partnership for Peace programme, which aims to build trust and understanding in the region in order to create the conditions for peace. The Government remains engaged with a range of non-governmental organisations in order to take forward peace-building initiatives, including those focused on building trust.