Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (UK)
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
"They and those who worked with them on the Geneva Initiative are to be congratulated for their vision and courage in setting out a coherent and comprehensive set of proposals for a solution to the tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Because of the situation on the ground there is a dangerous temptation to abandon hope of progress on the peace process. I therefore pay tribute to Yossi Beilin and Yasser Abed Rabo for refusing to accept that the situation is without hope. The Geneva initiative is a challenge to Israelis, to Palestinians and to the whole of the international community...
I have no illusions about the difficulties which lie ahead. But initiatives such as the Geneva Accord show that people of goodwill on both sides can still work together for peace. For our part the UK government gives the parties every encouragement we can to help secure that peace."
Speech given at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, Feb. 2, 2004
Experts Members of Congress, Ambassadors, Consul Generals, heads of government, heads of major government organizations, members of legislative bodies, and PhD's with significant involvement in, or related to, the Palestinian - Israeli conflict. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom (U.K.), 2007-present
UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, 2001-2007
UK Home Secretary, 1997-2001
UK Shadow Home Secretary, 1995-1997
Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, 1994-1995
UK Shadow Environment Secretary, 1992-1994
UK Shadow Education Secretary, 1987-1992
Opposition spokesman on Local Governement, 1983-1987
Opposition spokesman on Treasury matters, 1980-1983
Visiting Fellow, Nuffield College Oxford
Fellow, Royal Statistical Society
Member, Inner London Education Authority, 1971-1974
President, National Union of Students, 1969-1971
President, Leeds University Students' Union, 1967-1968