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UN confrims – Palestinians to become ICC member from April 1

UN confrims - Palestinians to become ICC member from April 1

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has confirmed that the Palestinians will become an official member of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 1.

RT reports: Along with the ICC application, the UN chief approved other sets of documents, enabling Palestine to join 16 international agreements, conventions and treaties.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed the ICC application documents on the last day of 2014, following the UN Security Council’s resolution on December 30, which rejected Palestine’s official bid for statehood, a document vetoed by the US in support of Israel.

Israel’s immediate reaction was negative.

“We will not let Israel Defence Forces (IDF) soldiers and officers be dragged to the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, AFP reported.