HL Deb 09 February 2004 vol 656 cc127-8WA
Lord Hylton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are encouraging the government of Israel to develop and implement their proposals for removing settlements from the whole of the Gaza strip. [HL1122]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

As we have made clear, we consider all settlements in the Occupied Territories illegal under international law and an obstacle to a comprehensive peace in the region. The Government regularly press the Israeli Government to freeze settlement activity and dismantle outposts in line with Israel's commitments under the road map. Any withdrawals consistent with the road map and which can help to produce a lasting solution are to be welcomed.