Britain said Wednesday it will not vote for upgraded Palestinian status at the United Nations unless the Palestinians commit to an immediate return to negotiations with Israel.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said Britain would only support Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in the vote on Thursday if he agreed to talks over a
lasting two-state deal with Israel. To secure Britain's vote, Hague said the Palestinians would also have to drop their pursuit of International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction over the Occupied Territories and confirm that the UN resolution would not reply retrospectively.
"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 on these points," Hague told parliament. "However, in the absence of these assurances the United Kingdom would abstain on the vote."