PALESTINIANS PLEDGE FULL COOPERATION IN ICC PROBE

2015-01-17 12:11

RAMALLAH January 17

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Saturday pledged full cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) a day after the Hague-based body launched a probe into possible Israeli war crimes in the occupied territories.

Describing the move as "historic," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said the PA would "provide [the ICC] with whatever information, documents and testimonies it needs to prove that there were crimes committed against the Palestinian people."

Malki was speaking in an interview with Palestinian newspaper al-Ayyam.

The preliminary probe launched on Friday could lead to war crimes charges against Israel, whether relating to the recent war in Gaza in which 2,200 Palestinians died, or its decades-long occupation of Gaza.

The Palestinians also want the court to probe Israeli settlement activity in the occupied territories.

The Palestinians, meanwhile, could also face prosecution, possibly for rocket attacks launched into Israel by militant groups operating out of Gaza.

The Palestinians will not become a full member of the court before April 1, according to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

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