Two weeks ago I pressed Foreign Secretary William Hague during his appearance before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee on why the UK and EU had not yet agreed a collective position on Palestine for the upcoming UN General Assembly and Security Council discussions. I was told that there was so far no agreement within the EU although he did admit that our government disagreed with the US threat of a veto.
This week Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander wrote to the Foreign Secretary setting out Labour's position.
“The case made by the Palestinians for recognition as a state is strong. This week, at the United Nations, the British Government should be willing to support the recognition of Palestinian statehood as part of continuing steps to achieve a comprehensive two state solution.
“But there also remains a heavy onus upon the British government and other members of the international community this week to work to ensure that any change in the level of Palestinian recognition is then followed by meaningful negotiations between the parties.”