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PA seeks unilateral recognition as state

     “[Political] party and national leaders agreed about the need to build on the UN recognition of Palestine as a non-member state of the organization, which was obtained a year ago, as well as to move forward in this field in order to obtain all national rights.
Fatah Central Committee member Nabil Shaath said that [the day] the State of Palestine obtained recognition as a non-member state of the UN, was without doubt a day that led to a great development in the world’s view of our people’s rights, after this [Palestinian] people decided to declare its statehood in the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital. Likewise, he noted that there is much to gain from this recognition, from which we will strive to benefit soon, by joining all international agreements and institutions that require no more than a request to join, and this will be translated shortly into a request to join 35 international conventions, the first of which is the Rome Convention.
Shaath emphasized that the leadership did not move forward on joining international organizations [until now] for one reason – which is ensuring the release of the remaining veteran prisoners who were arrested by Israel before the Oslo Accords, and that the leadership is awaiting their release.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency
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