PA mulls appeal to UN, ICJ to declare Palestinian state

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 21, 2010 10:27

The Palestinian Authority leadership is considering an appeal to the United Nations, the International Court of Justice and the signatories of the Geneva Conventions to not only condemn Israel's renewed building in the West Bank, but ultimately to lead to an international declaration of a Palestinian state, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

The idea came as an alternative to the two-state solution to be achieved through negotiations with Israel, after peace talks stalled following Israel's refusal to extend a 10-month moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements.

“We cannot go on this way,” said Fatah official Hanan Ashrawi, “The two-state solution is disappearing. If we cannot stop the settlements through the peace process, we have to go to the Security Council, the Human Rights Council and every international legal body.”

Ashrawi stated that Fatah was holding discussions on alternatives to the stalled peace process this week.

According to the New York Times report, US Middle East envoy George Mitchell will be returning to the region soon in the hope of renewing peace negotiations.


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