PLO Adopts Plan to Apply to More UN Bodies
The Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements.
The council, under the auspices of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, "affirms the need for the Palestinian leadership to continue membership of UN agencies and international conventions, under the Palestinian plan that was adopted", the Palestine People's Party secretary general Bassam al-Salhi said in a statement quoted by AFP.
The move marks the continuation of the PA’s attempt to unilaterally achieve international recognition, in a breach of the conditions of the peace talks that restarted between the sides in July.
On Sunday, according to Ma'ariv, PA officials announced that they had finished the application process for the International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL.
If accepted, the PA police force would join one of the world's largest international intelligence and law enforcement agencies, which handles the security needs of 190 countries.
Israel has already officially suspended the peace talks, a response to a unity pact that was signed between Abbas’s Fatah movement and the Hamas terrorist group.
On Saturday, Abbas gave a speech before the PLO central council, in which he declared that talks with Israel could only continue if Israel submits to a freeze on construction in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, releases jailed terrorists, and starts agreeing to borders for a Palestinian state.
"I recognize Israel and reject violence and terrorism, and recognize international commitments," Abbas claimed, even while re-declaring that he and his government would never recognize Israel as the Jewish state.