Palestinian Foreign Ministry criticizes US decision


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RAMALLAH, Oct 05,
(WAFA) – The US Administration’s announcement of its intention to withdraw from
the Additional Protocol to the Vienna Convention reaffirms the administration’s
disdain towards international law and the rules-based international order, the
Palestinian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement.

“This administration
is wilfully disrupting and undermining the international order be

RAMALLAH, Oct 05,
(WAFA) – The US Administration’s announcement of its intention to withdraw from
the Additional Protocol to the Vienna Convention reaffirms the administration’s
disdain towards international law and the rules-based international order, the
Palestinian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement.

“This administration
is wilfully disrupting and undermining the international order because of its
blind support to Israel’s illegal colonial policies, thus advancing this
hostile agenda at the expense of global cooperation and protecting the standing
and influence of international norms,” it said.

The Ministry added
that “the State of Palestine has exercised its right to defend itself through
legal means by resorting to the International Court of Justice on the issue of
the illegal US embassy move to our capital, Jerusalem. This step was based on
the compulsory jurisdiction of Court, as stipulated in Article I of the
Additional Protocol”.

It said that the
decision of the US administration to pull out of the Additional Protocol
“reaffirms its rejection of accountability and determination to be above the
law, using false pretexts of politicization and recklessly attacking the
credibility the world’s most prestigious courts.

This move also
reconfirms worldwide fears about its hostile and isolationist attitude, which
threaten the international order with yet more disruption.”

The statement said:
“The Palestinian leadership will continue to defend our people’s rights against
all threats posed by Israel’s illegal colonial policies and States that support
and adopt them.

“We will do so in line
with international law and using available international conflict-resolution
mechanisms.

Our actions are
anchored in our commitment to and respect for international law and existing
international mechanisms.

“It is also based on
our conviction that no one person or country is above the law and that
accountability is a cornerstone of ensuring and protecting international peace
and security.

“It is now rather obvious
that the current US administration believes it is above the law and beyond the
reach of accountability.

This reckless attitude
is a challenge to the international order; one that Palestine and the rest of
the international community must face with clarity of vision and
determination.”

GNA


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