Ban Ki-Moon and Mahmoud AbbasUnited Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday signed official documents, confirming reception of and starting processing for Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s requests to join international conventions that are also signed by the UN. Ten of the 15 conventions the PA wishes to join are co-signed by the UN.  Abbas’s requests, submitted last Tuesday, are in breach of the conditions for peace talks between Israel and the PA. The requests have effectively brought the talks to a dead end, even more so than his adamant refusal to recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Ban wrote in the official documents that the “State of Palestine” would added to the international conventions on May 2, marking 30 days from Abbas’s request, reports Channel 10. The applications include requests to join the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, the convention on the rights of the child, the convention against torture, and the convention against corruption. It is worth noting a January report by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) revealed rampant PA human rights abuses. More