WEB DESK – Palestine goes ahead to join 15 UN bodies as the Israel failed to release fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners due in the month of March.
According to international media watch, the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made a televised announcement in which he confirmed applying for admittance to 15 UN agencies and conventions.
Abbas had also signed a document to join 15 UN agencies and international organizations. He aded that the decision was made after Israel delayed a fourth release of Palestinian prisoners, which had been scheduled for March 29. “We have nothing against American efforts,” he said, stressing that Israel is procrastinating.
“There was a commitment to a fourth prisoner release by March 29, since then there have been various promises but no results. This despite our leadership’s agreement to refrain from going to the UN for nine months, all in order to secure the release of prisoners,” he said.
Abbas stated that if the prisoners are not released, he will commit the Palestinian Authority to joining 63 international institutions, adding that he has the unanimous backing of the PA leadership.
The move, as believed by many international relations experts, could derail faltering US-mediated peace talks with Israel.