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Middle East

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 225737, tabled on 27 February 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the legality of Israeli actions in occupied Palestinian territory; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

4 March 2015

Officials from our Consulate-General in Jerusalem, including our Consulate-General, regularly meet with UN OCHA representatives, including the Head of OCHA in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), Ramesh Rajasingham, to discuss the impact of the occupation in the OPTs (including topics ranging from settlements, settler violence, demolitions, blockade on Gaza to movement and access restrictions, and others).

Mr Rajasingham has also briefed many of the visiting Ministers and Members of Parliament from the UK on the impact of the occupation, including The Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron) in February 2014, the Minister for Universities and Science, my right hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Mr Willetts) in March 2014, myself in October 2014, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, my right hon. Friend the Member for Horsham (Mr Maude) in November 2014 and the Leader of Her Majesty's Official Opposition (Mr Miliband) in April 2014.

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