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Britain prepared to back UN vote calling Palestinian Authority a state | guardian.co.uk

Diplomats often get a little carried away and assume that negotiations on intricate details can change the world.

But diplomats have every right to think they will take part in dramatic events next week as Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, prepares to request recognition of statehood at the UN.

Harriet Sherwood and Chris McGreal reported on Wednesday night that the US, Europe and the Middle East quartet are embarking on a last ditch attempt to avoid a titanic bust-up the UN in New York. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and Cathy Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, have been in touch with both sides to try and persuade them to resume negotiations.

Read more here: Britain prepared to back UN vote calling Palestinian Authority a state | Politics | guardian.co.uk.

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