Switzerland: PA bid to join Geneva Conventions approved

Guardian state of conventions says accepts Abbas's application to treaties on conduct of war.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 11, 2014 18:03
Mahmoud Abbas

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Switzerland confirmed on Friday that it had accepted the Palestinian Authority’s bid for accession to the Geneva Conventions, which provide the rules on the conduct for war and occupations.

Switzerland, the guardian of the treaties, formally registered the PA’s declaration as party to the conventions on Thursday, Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Eltschinger told AFP.

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas signed a letter of accession for the “State of Palestine” to join the conventions on April 2, Eltschinger confirmed.

A senior Palestinian official told AFP that Abbas had received a letter confirming the registration from the Swiss president, lauding it as “an historic day for the Palestinian people.”

On April 2, Abbas applied to join 15 international treaties and conventions, including the Geneva Conventions, following Israel’s decision not to release a fourth and final batch of 26 Palestinian security prisoners.

Alongside Israel’s commitment to release a total of 104 Palestinian terrorists convicted before the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinians pledged to suspend their unilateral campaign seeking legitimacy from international bodies and conventions.



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