Israel has thwarted Palestinian Authority efforts to obtain observer status at the UN Conference on Disarmament (UNOG), Israel Radio reported on Thursday. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has apparently been working behind the scenes with member states, including the United States, to prevent the PA's accession to the international body this year.
The Palestinian Authority submitted an application to obtain observer status at UNOG, which has 65 member states. As a result of Israel's lobbying, the PA withdrew its request only one day before the latest conference session in Geneva.
Israel Radio quoted a diplomatic source as saying that Israel, "Did not want to set a precedent in which the Palestinians had observer status in an organisation [that addresses sensitive intelligence issues] like this."