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Abbas discusses Palestine situation with ICC prosecutor.

BRUSSELS, Oct 30 (KUNA) -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Fatou Bensouda received Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine, and his delegation at the Seat of the Court in The Hague Friday. The meeting was held in the margins of President Abbas' official visit to the Netherlands. According to an ICC statement, Bensouda referred to the recent escalation of tensions in Palestinian territories, and stressed the need for calm and restraint from all sides, and an end to the violence. She underscored that innocent people have been injured and killed on both sides, and cautioned that the situation may further degenerate into a large-scale commission of crimes that may fall within the jurisdiction of the ICC. The ICC Prosecutor opened a preliminary examination of the situation inf Palestine in January 2015. In this context, the Prosecutor stated that her Office will also examine whether any of the newly reported incidents of violence constitute crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC, and for the same purpose, will continue to record any new instances of violence or incitement to violence that may occur in the future. She warned that anyone - on either side - who commits, orders, incites, encourages or contributes in any other way to the commission of crimes falling within the jurisdiction of the ICC is liable to prosecution either at the national level or at the Court. (end)

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Publication:Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
Date:Oct 30, 2015
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