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PFLP leader: Prisoners should be on UN agenda

Aug. 15, 2011 5:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 2:01 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The imprisoned leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on Monday urged Palestinian leaders to put prisoners on the agenda at the United Nations in September.

Ahmad Saadat, Secretary-General of the leftist faction, said the UN should recognize Palestinians detained in Israel as prisoners of war and protect them under the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions.

He said President Mahmoud Abbas should highlight the issue alongside Palestine's bid for membership of the world body.

Saadat urged the president to support the Ministry of Detainee Affairs' plan to discuss the prisoners' situation at the General Assembly of the UN and to seek an advisory opinion on the legal status of prisoners at the Hague.

Saadat's comments were made during a meeting with the ministry's lawyer Nasim Abu Ghoush in Nafha prison.

The PFLP leader is one of six Palestinians held in solitary confinement in Nafha prison in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

The lawmaker was seized by Israeli forces in 2006 from a Palestinian Authority jail in Jericho after a long standoff between prisoners and troops.

He was sentenced to 30 years for his alleged role in masterminding the assassination of former Israeli tourism minister Rahavam Zeevi in 2001.
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