HC Deb 17 November 1981 vol 13 cc115-6W
Mr. Latham

asked the Lord Privy Seal in what respects he considers that the Camp David approach will not be sufficient in achieving a long-term solution to the Palestinian problem; to what extent he believes that the European Community approach will provide greater justice to the Palestinians in political terms; and what he envisages these political terms will entail.

Mr. Hurd

The Camp David approach envisages a transitional phase of autonomy for the West Bank and Gaza before their final status is determined in negotiations between Egypt, Israel and Jordan and the representatives of the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza. However, we note that this approach has been rejected by the Government of Jordan and, apparently, by most Palestinians. The approach of the Ten is based on the belief that lasting peace should involve, as part of a negotiated settlement, the determination by the Palestinians of their political future in these areas.

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