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Palestinians to seek membership of international bodies, agreements

Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:33 AM
Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas gestures as he gives a speech during a meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO)'s Central Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 26, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The Palestine Liberation Organisation's (PLO's) central council on Sunday adopted a plan to pursue attempts to join 60 United Nations bodies and international agreements, according to a statement from the governing body of the PLO.

The council, under the auspices of President Mahmud 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.

The council also said Israel was to blame for failed international and United States efforts to find a negotiated settlement to the Middle East conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended faltering peace talks with the Palestinians last week after the PLO and Hamas agreed to work together to form a unity government, in a move to end years of bitter political rivalry.

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