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Report: UK prepared to back UN bid if conditions met

Nov. 27, 2012 2:48 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2012 10:58 P.M.)
LONDON (Ma'an) -- Britain is prepared to back Palestine's bid for a status upgrade at the UN if certain conditions are met by the Palestinian Authority, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Israel and the United States oppose the move at the United Nations and Britain has also expressed reservations about the bid. However, British officials told the Financial Times that the UK will support Abbas in the Nov. 29 move if he provides assurances in three areas.

Firstly, the UN resolution must not be be used to join the International Criminal Court or UN agencies. The resolution must not be used as a basis to join the UN Security Council and the Palestinian Authority must also renew its commitment to negotiations with Israel without preconditions, the FT reported.

"We want to get behind the Palestinian moderates and strengthen their hand," said a UK official. "Abbas needs support and we recognize that," the official told the FT.

Israel also wants the PLO to include a clause stating it will not request membership of the International Criminal Court, where it could charge Israeli leaders with war crimes, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Tuesday.

The Palestinian bid seems certain to win approval in any vote in the 193-nation general assembly.
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