Report: UK to conditionally support PA's statehood bid

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November 27, 2012 08:49

 
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The United Kingdom is preparing to support the Palestinian Authority's bid for non-member status at the United Nations, the Financial Times reported Monday citing unnamed British officials.

According to the report, Britain would support the bid in an attempt to bolster PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who is viewed as a moderate alternative to Hamas and other rival Palestinian organizations.

Officials told the Times that Britain was seeking assurances from the PA that: it would not seek to join the International Criminal Court or other UN agencies; it would not take its statehood bid to the UN Security Council; and that it would return to negotiations with Israel without preconditions. 

The Palestinian Authority late Monday night submitted a draft resolution to the UN General Assembly which, if approved, would upgrade its status to non-member state, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the Journal, the draft lacks any mention of a construction moratorium in Israeli settlements as a precondition for future negotiations, nor of joining UN agencies and treaties.

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