Palestinian Authority

Hague: peace process would be more likely with assurances from PA

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the likelihood of a return to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations would have been greater if the Palestinian Authority had given the reassurances Britain asked for ahead of Thursday UN General assembly vote.

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Palestinians win non-member observer status at UN

By Jennifer Lipman, November 29, 2012

A majority of United Nations countries have voted to give the Palestinians non-member observer status.

In all, 138 countries backed President Mahmoud Abbas, while nine voted against it.

Britain was set to be among 41 countries to formally abstain in the General Assembly vote, which Mr Abbas described as the "last chance to save the two-state solution".

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Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert supports Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 29, 2012

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert does not oppose the Palestinian Authority’s UN bid for non-member observer status, saying it is “congruent with the basic concept of the two-state solution”.

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PA will not refrain from taking Israel to ICC

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has rebuffed calls to promise not prosecute Israel in the International Criminal Court if the UN General Assembly votes to upgrade the body to non-member observer status on Thursday.

American diplomatic efforts to soften the wording of the Palestinian resolution and introduce a clause in which the PA promises not to sue for war crimes has not been successful.

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Yasir Arafat’s remains exhumed in Ramallah

By Anna Sheinman, November 27, 2012

The remains of former president of the Palestinian Authority, Yasir Arafat, have been exhumed in Ramallah as part of an ongoing investigation into how he died.

Samples were removed from the body by a Palestinian doctor on Tuesday, with the team of Swiss, French and Russian scientists who will examine the samples were standing by to supervise.

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Clegg lobbies Cameron to support Palestinian UN bid

By Anna Sheinman, November 26, 2012

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg is to lobby Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague to back the Palestinian UN bid, the Guardian has reported.

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British officer and EU adviser moves to ‘Palestine’

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2012

A senior British officer, who was sent to advise Palestinian police by an EU committee, has retired from the police force to move to the region .

Former Chief Inspector Andrew Udall, from Shropshire, is the first British officer who was sent to advise, train and equip Palestinian police by the EU Co-ordination Office.

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Foreign Office minister meets Palestinian chief negotiator

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has emphasised “the urgent need to make progress towards a two state solution,” after a meeting with the Palestinians' chief negotiator, Dr Saeb Erekat, in London today.

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Palestinian UN bid could lead to new intifada, says Israel

By Orlando Radice, October 26, 2012

Israel has said that a successful bid by the Palestinians to secure recognition at the UN as a non-member state could lead to the collapse of the Palestinian Authority or a new intifada.

The warning comes as part of a fresh diplomatic campaign by Israel to block the Palestinian move.

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Romney wants Egypt and Palestinian Authority to work hard to receive aid

By Stefan Frank, October 25, 2012

If he is elected, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney will ensure that the Egyptian government and the Palestinian Authority will work harder to keep the millions of dollars in aid handed to them every year by the US, according to his senior adviser on foreign policy and national security, Walid Phares.

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