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Occupied Territories

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL2526, tabled on 30 October 2014

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the decision by the government of Israel to build a further 1,000 homes in East Jerusalem; and whether they intend to raise the matter at the European Union Council of Ministers.

Answered on

6 November 2014

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Bournemouth East (Mr Ellwood), issued a statement on 29 October condemning the announcement of plans for 1060 new housing units in East Jerusalem. He made clear that this was an ill-judged and ill-timed decision, which makes it harder to achieve a two state solution with Jerusalem as a shared capital. We will continue to work closely with European partners to discourage settlement expansion, and discussions are currently underway in Brussels to that end.