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Following European Countries, Britain May Support Palestinian Status Upgrade at UN

Britain said it would support a Palestinian bid for a diplomatic upgrade at the United Nations if it received assurances that the Palestinians would return to peace talks and would not seek to prosecute Israelis through the International Criminal Court.

“Up until the time of the vote itself we will remain open to voting in favour of the resolution if we see public assurances by the Palestinians,” Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament on Wednesday.

Conversely, Germany said it will not back the Palestinian bid.

“We are assessing the situation and want as much agreement as possible with our European partners… But it is certain that Germany will not vote for such a resolution,” spokesman Steffen Seibert told a news conference.

The United Nations is due to hold a vote on Thursday on an upgrade of Palestinian status at the 193-member body to an observer state from an observer entity.

Acceptance of the Palestinians as a non-member state, similar to the Vatican’s UN status, would implicitly recognize Palestinian statehood.

Earlier on Wednesday, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway issued separate statements announcing they will vote in favor of the status upgrade on Thursday.

Source: Ynet News

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