Yesterday after the Foreign Secretary the Rt Hon William Hague MP gave a statement on the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, he announced that the UK will abstain from the vote on Palestinian statehood at the UN Security Council.
CMEC President the Rt Hon Nicholas Soames MP asked:
“Does my right hon. Friend agree that the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the UN and the EU have all assessed the performance of the Palestinian Authority and reported that they are ready for statehood and that, therefore, the consequences of an abstention at the Security Council on 11 November will be severe? Our partners in the Middle East look on amazed while we support the right to self-determination in every other country in the region but deny the Palestinians the same right. I strongly urge him to order a reconsideration of the matter and exercise a positive vote at the Security Council.”