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US: ‘Palestine’ not a state, not qualified to be ICC member

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Itongadol.- A day after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced he had accepted the Palestinian Authority\’s application to join the International Criminal Court and that the "State of Palestine" would become a member of the court on April 1, the U.S. said Wednesday that the PA was not qualified to join the ICC.

"The United States does not believe that the state of Palestine qualifies as a sovereign state and doesn\’t recognize it as such and does not believe that it is eligible to accede to the Rome statute," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Meanwhile, despite his recent unilateral diplomatic moves, PA President Mahmoud Abbas claimed Wednesday, "We are seeking peace — no to violence and no to killing. Our demand to the international community is that negotiations be time-limited, have defined content, and not last forever."

In Washington on Wednesday, Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the PA until it halts its effort to join the ICC.

While Palestinian membership in the court doesn\’t automatically incur U.S. punishment, existing law says any Palestinian case against Israel at the court would trigger an immediate cutoff of U.S. financial support. Paul\’s bill would ban assistance until the Palestinians stop their move to become a member of the court.

Paul, from Kentucky, is a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

On Monday, the Obama administration said it was reviewing its annual $440 million aid package to the PA because of the decision to join the ICC.

"We are currently sending roughly $400 million of U.S. taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority," Paul said. "Certainly, groups that threaten Israel cannot be allies of the U.S. I will continue to do everything in my power to make sure this president and this Congress stop treating Israel\’s enemies as American allies."

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