PLO official: PA will join ICC if peace talks fail

November 27, 2013 02:48


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If Israel continues to "impede peace talks," the Palestinian Authority will join more UN organizations, including the International Criminal Court, PLO official Nabil Shaath told Palestinian news agency Ma'an on Tuesday.

“The negotiations are falling on deaf ears,” Shaath said. “The distance between us and them [Israel] is huge, and that is apparent in the statements of their leaders regarding Jerusalem, the West Bank and the [Jordan] Valley.”

“There are 35 conventions that do not need approval to join, on top of them is the Rome Statuette,” Shaath said, referring to the 1998 treaty which established the ICC.

He noted that the only reason the PA had not sought membership in more international organizations was "to avoid giving Israel an excuse" not to free the remaining 52 Palestinian security prisoners.

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