RAMALLAH, Jan 9– The International Criminal Court (ICC) late Wednesday positively received the State of Palestine’s instruments of accession to the Rome Statue, the founding treaty of the ICC.

An ICC’s statement said the President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute, Sidiki Kaba, welcomed the ‘deposit by the State of Palestine of the instruments of accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,’ after being notified by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in his capacity as depositary.

Kaba also accepted Palestine’s accession to the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the ICC (APIC).

The deposit would bring the number of states parties to the Rome Statute to 123, of which 74 states are states parties to the APIC.

‘Each ratification of the Rome Statute constitutes welcome progress towards its universality. I call on all members of the UN to join this permanent and independent system of international justice to fight against impunity and prevent the most serious crimes under international law, which is based on the principle of complementarity with domestic jurisdictions,’ said Kaba upon his announcement.

Three days ago, the Palestinian Authority formally recognized the jurisdiction of the ICC to investigate crimes allegedly committed during the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip during the summer of 2014.

The move came days after the UN Security Council failed to approve a draft resolution on ending the Israeli occupation of the OPT by 2017.

Israel, in response, decided to halt the transfer of around half a billion shekels (US$127.6 million) in tax revenues collected on behalf of the PA, a precedent that would hinder its capabilities to pay for public sector wages and pensions


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