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Middle East

Asked how he would reconcile the UK’s position at the UN on Israel’s barrier and the Prime Minister’s comments about it today, the PMOS said that as we had made clear consistently, we believed the barrier should not be built on occupied land. Equally, however, we had made it plain that Israel had genuine security concerns which the Palestinians needed to address. We wanted to see a situation in which increased security on the Palestinian side would give the Israelis the reassurance they needed to allow them to take the appropriate action to move the barrier. This was clearly a complicated situation. Put to him that in that case the UK should not have voted in favour of the UN Resolution yesterday, the PMOS said that he would disagree. As he saw it, the Resolution was entirely compatible with our position on the barrier.

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