MAP Party Conferences2017 26 September 2014 A call from Conservatives to recognise Palestine Britain, more than any country, has an obligation to the Palestinians and we should fulfil that obligation by recognising Palestine at the United Nations. Baroness Morris Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) was established under Margaret Thatcher in 1980, following the Venice Declaration, when the then nine members of the European Community registered their concern over the continued building of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. They saw this as an obstacle to peace and resolved that the traditional ties and common interests which link Europe to the Middle East obliged them to play a special role in working towards that peace. Thirty-four years later, we are no nearer to peace, and another 1,000 acres of the West Bank is to be taken over by settlers (from the New York Times). Britain, more than any country, has an obligation to the Palestinians and we should fulfil that obligation by recognising Palestine at the United Nations. As a good friend of Israel and Palestine, the UK has always supported a viable Palestine alongside a secure Israel, and we believe this vote will help to move us closer to that goal; at the very least it will mean that the Palestinians can sit a little taller at the negotiating table. Baroness Morris of Bolton Chairman, CMEC Sir Nicholas Soames MP President, CMEC Sir Alan Duncan MP Deputy Chairman, CMEC Adam Holloway MP Vice Chairman, CMEC Dr Phillip Lee MP Vice Chairman, CMEC › Is Ukip poised to give Labour a "black October?" Baroness Morris of Bolton is the Chairman of CMEC. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!