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Official: PLO committee agrees on steps for joining UN bodies
Published Saturday 25/01/2014 (updated) 26/01/2014 11:46
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A political committee of 12 members representing the Palestine Liberation Organization's various factions convened in Ramallah and agreed on recommendations to take the Palestinian plight to the UN and its various bodies, a PLO official said on Saturday.

Hanna Amirah, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, told Ma'an on Saturday that the committee recommended addressing the United Nations regardless of whether the ongoing peace talks make any progress or not, although he added that a date had not been set.

The goal of these recommendations, he said, is to enhance the Palestinian position. However, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO Executive Committee need to approve them before they can be put into effect.

The Palestinian Authority is currently trying to counter demands made by the United States and Israel, added Amirah.

He asserted that the recent suggestions made by the US Secretary of State John Kerry were completely unacceptable to the Palestinians.

He highlighted that the proposals made related to Jerusalem, to Israeli settlements, and to Palestinian refugees were unacceptable in particular as well as the proposed Israeli military and civilian presence in the Jordan Valley.

Earlier this week, PLO official Wasil Abu Yousif, who is a member of the PLO’s political committee, said the committee agreed on prerequisites the PA needs to fulfill before signing international conventions and joining UN agencies and different bodies.

It is of great importance, he added, that the PA joins the International Criminal Court because that will enable the PA to sue the Israeli occupation over war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
26/01/2014 06:29
Any UN bodies that accepts "Palestine" should expect two things: -1- To lose their funding from many of their largest donor states, which will severely limit their abilities to do as much as before, and -2- To have their remaining abilities hijacked, away from the bodies' stated mission, just like the PLO hijacked the UNESCO (Education, Science, & Culture) mission, towards it's political statehood (without compromise) mission !!

2 ) E / usa
26/01/2014 17:40
Empty threats by fake people. UN is useless as are the palestinians. UN cannot even agree on syria and overthere over 100000 people died. Do palestiians really think by going to UN they gonna accomplish something. They can think again. Only result it will yield is they gonna be stateless forever

3 ) Wayne / nz
26/01/2014 22:44
Isn't it funny ..... When ever Israel hears that Palestinians might take them to court , the Israelis get somewhat shifty in there seats and start saying threatening things , yet in court Israel could explain how they have been justified in all the killings that they have ordered over the years. Bit like the Nazis did after ww2 .... What is Israel so grumpy about when it comes to court ?

4 ) Tissa / Sri Lanka
28/01/2014 06:45
Tibi @ 1. This is highway robbery and black mail. Is this democracy. Let the world body decide It appears you have lot to hide.
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