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Violence in Gaza

Asked if Downing Street was saying anything about the violence in Gaza, the Prime Minister's Spokesman (PMS) replied that the Foreign Secretary had been engaged in this and had spoken to President Abbas within the last 24 hours. We believed it was key that those on the ground now bring an end to the violence in order that the international community can re-engage with the humanitarian and political situation. Asked about the Prime Minister, the PMS replied that the Prime Minister has been kept fully engaged and his views were represented by those of the Foreign Secretary.

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Asked if the Prime Minister agreed with Valéry Giscard d'Estaing's description of the revived EU Constitution, the PMS replied that it was clear that there would be serious negotiations between now and the EU Summit next week. We welcomed that there was now a consensus around the UK view that this should be an amending treaty. And whilst we would not usually get into discussing internal working documents, because of the way it has been misrepresented in some of this morning's papers, it was helpful to set out that this document was a description rather than a prescription. It set out the views of member states, including our own, and other member states who did not necessarily share our view. But it was not, as perhaps has been reported, a prescription as to what should happen. It was a reflection of people's views.

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