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Middle East

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL1074, tabled on 14 July 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to call on all parties to make an immediate cessation of hostile acts out of and into Gaza, with independent verification.

Answered on

24 July 2014

I refer my noble Lord to the Statement made by the then Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), which I repeated in the House of Lords on 14 July 2014, Official Report, columns 434-437. We are in close contact with Israeli and Palestinian leaders and our partners and allies. We continue to press the urgent need for a ceasefire agreed by both sides, based on the ceasefire agreement that ended the conflict in November 2012.

I also refer the noble Lord to the Statement of 21 July 2014 by the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), repeated in the Lords by the Leader of the House and Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell), official Report, Column 979-982.