Israeli Settlements:Written question - 61470

(Coventry South)
Asked on: 24 January 2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Israeli Settlements
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Israeli counterpart on the building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Mr Tobias Ellwood
Answered on: 01 February 2017

On 24 and 25 January I issued statements regarding the latest settlement announcements. I raised the issue of settlements with the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister when we spoke on 10 January 2017.

The UK's position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under international law, present an obstacle to peace, and take us further away from a two-state solution. We regularly raise our concerns on this issue with the Government of Israel and urge it to reverse its systematic policy of settlement expansion. We believe the construction of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories is illegal, which is why we supported UN Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016).

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