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PA financial crisis could be obstacle to joining int'l bodies
Published Friday 04/01/2013 (updated) 06/01/2013 12:41
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Palestinian officials pictured at the UN headquarters in November
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority's financial crisis may prevent it from joining several international and United Nations institutions following Palestine's recognition as a non-member state in November, a legal official said Friday.

Hassan al-Ouri, President Abbas' legal adviser, told Ma'an that the PA is studying several initiatives to join multilateral institutions but may be restricted from joining several bodies due to the high financial cost of membership, without giving details.

The PLO Executive Committee met Thursday and considered a detailed report which included concrete steps on accession to international treaties and joining other international bodies.

After winning a UN status upgrade in November, Palestine could sign the International Criminal Court's Rome Statute, allowing prosecutions for genocide, war crimes and other major human rights violations on Palestinian territory.

In December, the Israeli government seized Palestinian tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA in response to the successful UN upgrade.

Israel has previously frozen payments to the PA during times of heightened security and diplomatic tensions, provoking strong international criticism, such as when the UN cultural body UNESCO granted the Palestinians full membership a year ago.
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1 ) USD / Ruble
04/01/2013 14:49
It is time to defund UN and boot them out of New-York. Let them move their headquarter to Moscow, Beijing, Damascus, Gaza, Caracas, Ramallah, Cairo, Bengasi, Tripoli, Paris, Madrid or other nice place. Let them accept palestinians, Hamas, PLO, Hezbollah, Al-Qaida as a full members or observing members or something else. Let Coffy Annan to lead those crooks and terrorists again. US and West should not do anything to UN, just stop giving them money, let them use rubles, yuans or whatever they want

2 ) Filipe / Portugal
06/01/2013 02:26
Hmmmmmm..... Have they just now come to this conclusion? Sounds like they never really considered the consequences of their actions. What makes them believe they can support the development of statehood?
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