Switzerland approves Palestinian move to join Geneva Conventions

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(JNS.org) The Swiss government on Friday approved the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) bid for accession to the Geneva Conventions, Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Pierre-Alain Elschinger told Agence France-Presse.

First established in the 19th century, the Geneva Conventions consist of four treaties and three additional protocols that establish the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones. The Swiss government acts as a guardian of the treaties.

The Geneva Convention move is part of the larger PA effort to join 15 international conventions, despite its agreement not to do so while in peace talks with Israel. 

Also on Friday, Israel announced that it would halt monthly tax transfers for taxes it collects on behalf of the PA.

Posted on April 11, 2014 .