Unesco gives Palestinians full membership

Unesco, the United Nations’ cultural agency, has decided to give the   Palestinians full membership of the body, in a vote that will boost their   bid for recognition as a state at the UN.

Unesco is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join as a full   member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied for full membership of the   United Nations on Sept. 23.

The United States, Canada and Germany voted against Palestinian   membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa and France voted in   favour. Britain abstained.

Huge cheers went up in Unesco after delegates voted to approve the membership   Monday. One shouted “Long Live Palestine!” in French.

The White House condemned the vote as “premature” and it undermind   international peace efforts.

“Today’s vote at Unesco to admit the Palestinian Authority is premature   and undermines the international community’s shared goal of a comprehensive,   just and lasting peace in the Middle East,” said White House spokesman   Jay Carney.

On   Sunday, Riyad al-Malki, the foreign minister had said of the bid: “This   success, if it is realised, and with this large number of votes, will give a   great boost to the efforts that we are making to get the required vote in   the United Nations.”

Admission will be seen by the Palestinians as a moral victory in their bid for   full UN membership.

Washington, which has the power to veto such applications, opposes the   Palestinian bid for a full UN seat on the grounds it is unhelpful to efforts   to revive peace talks with Israel, the last round of which broke down a year   ago.

Israel’s closest international ally, the United States has said it will use   its veto power in the Security Council to quash the bid for full UN   membership, were it brought to a vote.

But Unesco is one of the UN agencies the Palestinians can join as a full   member regardless of their broader status at the United Nations, where they   are currently classified as “an observer entity”.

Palestinian success could bring a financial cost for Unesco. Under US law, the   admission as a full Unesco member would trigger   a cut-off in US funding which accounts for 22 per cent of the   agency’s funding.

Israel said that the vote will harm prospects for the resumption of Middle   East peace talks.

“This is a unilateral Palestinian manoeuver which will bring no change on   the ground but further removes the possibility for a peace agreement,”   Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “This decision will not   turn the Palestinian Authority into an actual state yet places unnecessary   burdens on the route to renewing negotiations.”

(www.telegraph.co.uk / 31.10.2011)

One thought on “Unesco gives Palestinians full membership

  1. BRAVO PALESTINA ! Sint extrem de fericita ca aceasta natiune merge cu pasi repezi spre LIBERTATE !…Libertatea de care are nevoie orice popor si pe care nu trebuia s-o ceara ci s-o aiba !

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