Palestinian flag to fly at UNESCO

The Palestinian flag will be raised at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Press TV reports

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas will be present at the flag-raising ceremony in the French capital Paris on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported.

A spokesperson for Abbas said he will also meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy during his visit.

In October, Palestinians won the UNESCO seat in a Paris vote with 107 countries out of 173 voting in favor and 14 against the bid. Fifty-two abstained from vote.

The membership came despite massive lobbying efforts by the Israeli regime and the United States, which cut off its annual share of UNESCO funding in response.

Palestine will become the 195th member state of UNESCO and the measure is seen as a step towards the recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Washington has repeatedly threatened to veto the statehood bid at the UN Security Council.

More than 100 countries have so far officially recognized Palestine as a state based on the 1967 borders, the boundaries that existed before Israel captured and annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem), the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

( / 12.12.2011)

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