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Palestine sends treaty accession letters to UN after prisoner release failure

English.news.cn   2014-04-03 05:48:54

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Riyad Mansour, the permanent representative of the Observer State of Palestine, briefs reporters at the United Nations headquarters in New York, on April 2, 2014. The Palestinian representative to the United Nations, after copies of treaty accession letters were delivered on Tuesday, said here Wednesday the move was made on the heels of Israel's failure to release prisoners on a timeline that is part of efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process. (Xinhua/UN Photo/Mark Garten)

UNITED NATIONS, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian representative to the United Nations said here Wednesday the delivery of treaty accession letters Tuesday was made on the heels of Israel's failure to release prisoners on a timeline that is part of efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

Riyad Mansour, the permanent representative of the Observer State of Palestine, told reporters that he had handed copies of the 13 letters to Susana Malcorra, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon's chef du cabinet. Ban is in Europe. Mansour then discussed the move with Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

The international instruments were on the occasion of " exercising the legal right of the State of Palestine to join these treaties and instruments on the basis of the interests of the Palestinian people," Mansour said.

"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," Mansour said.

"The timing was related to an understanding that was in place between us and the Israeli side, brokered by the American side, to release 104 prisoners .. in four patches in exchange of holding for a while in exercising our legal rights to join these instruments and UN agencies."

Earlier in the day the originals were presented to Robert Serry, the UN secretary-general's special envoy to the Middle East peace process, the Palestinian representative said.

Mansour said he believed the originals would be handed over by Serry to Ban, who is attending a meeting in Brussels.

Also on Wednesday, deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq confirmed that the United Nations has received the Palestinian applications to join global conventions and treaties. "Once we receive the letters at Headquarters, we will be reviewing them to consider the appropriate next steps," Haq said.

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, Haq said.

Mansour expected the accessions to come into effect in 30 days.

The letters were for accession to treaties on the rights of children, civilians in wartime, the disabled, women and agreements on consular and diplomatic relations, apartheid and genocide, the UN said in a note to correspondents here.

Mansour explained that the Israelis were, according to an agreement, supposed to release a batch of prisoners at the end of last month.

"Our leadership waited for a day, for two days, for three days until noon time yesterday (Monday) and the Israeli side did not honor and respect their side of the agreement," he said. "They put an end to the provisions of this agreement and as such the ( Palestinian) president signed these 15 instruments, exercising our right."

"We are exercising our legal right as a state to join these instruments," Mansour said, adding that it was in line with the " Two-State" objective of the Middle East peace process, meaning Israel to live in peace with an independent State of Palestine.

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