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Prime Minister Olmert

Asked if there was any specific message or outcome that the Government was looking for as a result of Prime Minister’s Olmert’s meeting with the Prime Minister today, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister obviously wanted to welcome Prime Minister Olmert in his first official visit to London as Prime Minister. They would clearly want to talk about the similar terrain that was gone over at the White House, and we welcomed what Prime Minister Olmert had said there about his preference being for a negotiated settlement. That was our strong preference as well. Equally, we recognised that there had to be a viable partner to negotiate with on the Palestinian side, but we believed that a negotiated settlement was in the interests of all sides. The PMOS said that everyone knew what the answer to the issue was. It was a two-state solution, and therefore, the sooner that both sides started talking about that, the better.

Asked if the Chancellor would be offering any package as to how it could be funded, the PMOS recommended that the journalist talk to the Treasury for further details. In terms of funding, however, the PMOS reiterated that the funding we had continued to channel funds to the Palestinian people, but not to Hamas. That would continue to be the case for as long as Hamas did not recognise Israel, and condoned the violence directed against Israel.

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