Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to support an application for Palestinian membership of the International Olive Council.

Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Minister of State

The Government have been clear that we believe the Palestinian focus should be on the US-led final status negotiations with Israel rather than upgrading their status in UN bodies or international organisations. The Palestinians are not pursuing an application for membership of the International Olive Council at the present time.

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