§ 30. Mr. Walters
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on progress towards peace in the Middle East.
§ Mr. Hurd
The first objective must be to restore the ceasefire in Lebanon. We fully support United States and United Nations efforts to that end. Thereafter there is a need to find a solution to the Palestinian problem. Without this there can be no lasting peace settlement in the Middle East. The Ten remain ready to play their part in achieving such a settlement on the basis of the Venice principles.
§ 14. Mr. Marlow
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of Her Majesty's Government policies towards a peaceful settlement in the Middle East.
§ Mr. Hurd
Events in Lebanon show clearly the need for a comprehensive peace settlement in the Middle East. In the Government's view this will have to be based on the principle that Israel and the Palestinians accept each others rights. The Palestinians will not gain their objectives through violence, nor will the Israelis destroy the142W Palestinian cause by military action. We will do anything we can to help all those concerned to find a basis on which they can negotiate.