Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki holds a news conference at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, May 22, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Walschaerts
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The Palestinians have joined two U.N. agencies and the global convention to halt the spread of chemical weapons, a U.N. envoy said Wednesday, despite a threat of U.S. funding cuts.At the United Nations, the Palestinians have the status of a non-member observer state that allows them to seek membership of agencies and become a party to international treaties.Nickolay Mladenov, the U.N. coordinator for the Middle East, told the Security Council that the Palestinians had joined the Geneva-based U.N. trade organization UNCTAD, Vienna-based industrial development agency UNIDO and the chemical weapons convention.The Palestinians angered Israel when they became a state-party to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2015 .
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