HC Deb 11 March 2003 vol 401 cc159-60W
Mr. Dhanda

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussions he has had with(a) the Israeli authorities and (b) the United Nations regarding the construction of the concrete separation wall in the West Bank;[101202]

(2) what representations he has made to (a) the Israeli authorities and (b) the United Nations on the concrete separation wall deviating from the 1967 green line border.[101201]

Mr. Mike O'Brien

Our Embassy in Tel Aviv has raised with the Government of Israel our concerns about the location and likely impact of the "security fence". We deplore the seizure of Palestinian land, the isolation of Palestinian villages, and the creation of a further physical obstacle to the two-State solution. While we fully understand Israel's need to take steps, within the law, to protect itself from terrorist attack, lasting security can only be achieved through a negotiated peace. We have also discussed the security fence with UN representatives.

A final settlement must provide for a viable Palestinian State to exist alongside Israel, both within secure and recognised borders. We look forward to the Quartet publishing its road map, which will set out a phased programme leading to a final settlement within three years, soon. In implementing the road map, all parties must also refrain from actions which obstruct the search for peace.

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