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Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 8531, tabled on 4 September 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with counterparts in the EU and elsewhere on the obligations Israel has under UN Security Council Resolution 1860 and the Agreement on Movement and Access within it to open the Gaza crossings.

Answered on

11 September 2015

We support the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1860. Many of the underlying problems that UNSCR 1860 sought to address in Gaza still exist. The UK frequently urges the parties to address these problems and to take the necessary steps to ensure Gaza’s reconstruction and economic recovery. During his recent visit to the region, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond) urged the Israeli Government to ease restrictions on Gaza and pushed both parties to prioritise progress towards reaching a durable solution. We continue to work with our partners in the EU and elsewhere to drive forward progress in Gaza, including by seeking to address many of the issues highlighted in UNSCR 1860.