To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories to participate in the Palestinian elections scheduled for May; and what steps they will take to ensure that they are able to participate.
1 April 2021
We have welcomed President Abbas' announcement of dates for legislative and Presidential elections in the Occupied Palestinian Territories for the first time since 2006. We encourage the Palestinian leadership to work toward strong, inclusive, accountable and democratic institutions, based on respect for the rule of law and human rights. Free and fair elections are an important and necessary step. The UK will work closely with the Palestinian Authority and international partners to support this, including encouraging the Government of Israel to allow elections in East Jerusalem, in keeping with the Oslo Accords.