US Withdraws from Vienna Convention’s ‘Protocol’ over Case Brought by Palestine

The US is withdrawing from the optional protocol in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, John Bolton has confirmed. He said it follows a case brought by Palestine, challenging the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem.

The decision will see the US opting out of having to attend the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of disputes, as outlined in Article I of the Optional Protocol Concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes.

The US is not the only country to deny acknowledgment of Palestine as a state. Its Western European allies also refrain from doing so, along with Australia and Canada. However, most countries in South America, Asia, and Africa do, along with the majority of Eastern Europe.

Source: Palestine Chronicle