Britain has a duty to back us at UN, say Palestinians
Source: The Telegraph
The UK Government is coming under strong pressure to follow the lead of France, which has strongly hinted that it will vote in favour of the application by the Palestinian Authority to become a "non-member state" of the world body. Currently it holds only observer status.
Yesterday, Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, told supporters in Ramallah: "We are going to the UN fully confident in our steps. We will have our rights because you are with us."
The Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank but not Gaza, hopes that the international backing of a yes vote will persuade Israel to return to full peace negotiations after more than two years of impasse.
"After everything that has happened in the Arab Spring, Britain can't pretend it is in favour of democracy in Libya, Syria and Egypt but accepts the Palestinians continuing to live under occupation," Leila Shahid, the general delegate of Palestine to the EU, said.