CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

FOREIGN AFFAIRS – PALESTINE AND THE UN – 15 September 2011

Dr Julian Lewis: Am I right in recalling that in 1948 the United Nations voted for a hasty two-state solution before agreement had been reached between the parties and that the result was an immediate outbreak of hostilities between them?

[The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): There are many interpretations of what happened at the UN in 1948, but my hon. Friend is right to suggest that a resolution at the United Nations by itself does not secure the peace between peoples unless it is soundly based on proper recognition, respect and confidence between the two. That is what we earnestly wish to see from the negotiations, which we hope will restart shortly and which we are pressing for as part of our approach to this weekend.]