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03/04/2014

UN Confirms Receipt of Palestinian Applications to Join Global Conventions, Treaties

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations confirmed on 2 April 2014 that Palestinian Authority officials have presented letters for accession to 15 international conventions and treaties.*

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UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters that the documents had been presented to Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process.

“Once we receive the letters at Headquarters, we will be reviewing them to consider the appropriate next steps.”

Haq added that the Palestinian leadership, including President Mahmoud Abbas upon signing the accession letters on Monday night, has repeatedly emphasized that it wants to continue the negotiations with Israel that resumed in July 2013 under United States auspices.

“We hope that a way can be found to see negotiations through until the scheduled end of the nine-month timeframe set to expire on 29 April. The goal remains to arrive at a substantive basis for negotiations towards a comprehensive peace agreement on all final status issues.”

Haq went on to say that the UN is in contact with the sides to emphasize the need to manage current developments responsibly and act with restraint. In that regard, Serry met with the chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Riyad Malki, this morning. He also met with Israeli negotiator and Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni.

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