Palestine can join ICC

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestine can still pursue an investigation into possible Israeli war crimes during the last offensive on Gaza at the International Criminal Court, PLO observer to the UN Riyad Mansour said Monday.

ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on April 3 rejected the Palestinian Authority’s request for a tribunal into the December 2008 war because Palestine is not a recognized state.

Mansour told Ma’an the decision did not mark the end of the bid.

“The doors are still open for us if we decide to sign the Rome Statute, or go to the UN General Assembly asking to become a non-member state. This is left for the Palestinian leadership to determine,” the PLO official said.

Moreno-Ocampo told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Palestine could become a party to the Rome Statute, which established the ICC, if it becomes a UN non-member state.

“As soon as the General Assembly establishes that Palestine is an observer state, then we can proceed,” the ICC prosecutor added.

Source Maan News