Supplementary memorandum submitted by
In further response to Question 83, (Oral evidence
session, 11 November 2003) as documented in UN General Assembly
Press Release, GA/10179, the EU, including Britain introduced
a text which expressed concern that the route of the wall being
built by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory, including
in and around East Jerusalem, could prejudice future negotiations
and make the two-State solution physically impossible to implement
and would cause further humanitarian hardship to the Palestinians.
It did not specifically condemn the wall as illegal but only referred
to "illegal Israeli activities" in the occupied territories.
However, General Assembly votes are not binding in the way that
Security Council Resolutions can be, therefore, it would have
been of more significance if Britain had not abstained in the
UNSCR vote on October 14 that declared the wall illegal.
14 November 2003