France cautioned the Palestinian Authority on Wednesday against taking Israel to the International Criminal Court at the Hague should its UN bid to achieve statehood recognition be approved, according to AFP.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius reportedly conceded that joining the ICC and pursuing Israel would be within the PA's rights should its UN status be upgraded to non-member state; however, he warned, "If we want to move toward negotiations and find a solution, it is obvious that elements should not be used."

Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Wednesday revealed the Palestinians are facing "intensive pressure" not to pursue Israel at the ICC, AFP reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was set to present the statehood bid to the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday.

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