HL Deb 11 December 2001 vol 629 cc182-3WA
The Earl of Sandwich

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the response of the European Union General Affairs Council to the alleged breach of Article 2 of the European Union/Israel Association Agreement at its meeting on the 19 November; how this was conveyed to Israel the following day; and what was the United Kingdom's position. [HL1707]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The 19 November General Affairs Council agreed the EU declaration for the 20 November EU/Isreal Association Council. The EU declaration noted that the EU "has always recognised Israel's legitimate security concerns". It noted also that these concerns "must however be addressed with full respect for human rights and within the framework of the rule of law, in accordance with Article 2 of our Euro-Mediterranean Agreement".