Interpol has approved the Palestinian Authority's membership bid, a new victory in its drive for international representation despite strong Israeli opposition.
Israel lobbies hard against Palestinian efforts to join global organisations to advance their goal of statehood. It claimed victory last year when the Palestinian bid to join the global police body was suspended.
Interpol approved the Palestinian application along with a bid by the Solomon Islandsduring its annual general assembly in Beijing on Wednesday , "New member countries State of Palestine and Solomon Islands bring Interpol's membership to 192," it said on its Twitter account. ,It did not detail the voting, but candidacies require the approval of a two-thirds majority of countries present at the general assembly, excluding abstentions.
The Palestine Liberation Organisation's negotiations affairs department said they had received more than 75 percent of the vote. "Palestine's membership is the outcome of members defending this organisation's raison d'etre and advancing its core values, and a clear rejection of attempts at cynical manipulation and political bullying," Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki said in a statement
Palestine gained observer status at the United Nations in 2012 and since then has joined more than 50 international organisations and agreements, according to the Palestinian foreign ministry. Among them are the International Criminal Court and the UN heritage body, UNESCO.
Interpol, which is based in the French city of Lyon, eases the exchange of information between police forces and issues "red notices" - non-binding notifications of arrest warrants - at the request of a member state or an international tribunal.
Source: Al jazeera