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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5117, tabled on 23 February 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and other European Union governments plan to discuss Mr Blair’s call for a "radical change of approach" from Israel in respect of Gaza; and whether there are plans for a joint European Union visit to Gaza at ministerial level.

Answered on

5 March 2015

The UK and EU are clear that there is an urgent need to address the situation in Gaza and for an agreement to address the underlying causes of the conflict. This should ensure that Hamas and other militant groups permanently end rocket fire and other attacks against Israel; the Palestinian Authority resumes control of Gaza and restores effective and accountable governance; and that Israel lifts its restrictions in order to ease the suffering of ordinary Palestinians and allow the Gazan economy to grow. There are currently no plans for a joint EU visit to Gaza at ministerial level, although ministers from several EU Member States have visited Gaza recently.