Palestinian Authority applies to join global conventions, treaties

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Riyad Mansour. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Palestinian Authority has exercised its legal right in requesting to join a number of UN institutions.

That's what Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations told the press on Wednesday after he hand-delivered letters of accession to the Secretary-General's Chef de Cabinet, Susan Malcorra.

Earlier, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abass signed the 15 letters of accession to international instruments and conventions with the full backing of the members of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leadership.

Ambassador Mansour said joining these institutions was in the national interest of the Palestinian people.

"We are exercising our legal right as a State to join these instruments. We are part of humanity. This will allow us to shoulder our responsibility in carrying what is required of us under the provision of these instruments. We are proud of that and we consider the action of our President a step to consolidate and strengthen the pillars of the State of Palestine in the international system."

Ambassador Mansour said the decision to submit the applications followed Israel's failure to deliver on its promise to release the fourth and last batch of 104 political prisoners jailed before the Oslo accords.

However, he insisted that the Palestinian leadership will continue with the US-brokered negotiations with Israel that resumed in July 2013.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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