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Palestinian leaders poised to join ICC in order to pursue Israel for war crimes

Diplomats expect plan to join international criminal court and call for investigation to be used as bargaining chip in Cairo talks

The Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki

The Palestinian foreign minister, Riad Malki, said after meeting ICC officials that Israel had left him no choice but to seek accession to the court. Photograph: EPA

By: Julian Borger and Ian Black

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/

Palestinian political leaders are poised to join the International Criminal Court (ICC) with the aim of putting Israel in the dock on war crimes charges, officials said today.

“Israel has left us with no other option,” Riad Malki, the Palestinian foreign minister, told reporters after meeting ICC officials in The Hague to discuss the implications of signing the Rome Statute. It would make the Palestinian state a member of the court with the authority to call for an investigation into possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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