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UNESCO board votes to recommend Palestinian membership

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UNESCO board votes to recommend Palestinian membership
[link to www.monstersandcritics.com]

Paris - The executive board of the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday voted in favour of a Palestinian state being given UNESCO membership, sources at the agency told dpa.

Forty of the 58 countries on the executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization voted in favour, four voted against and 14 abstained, the sources said.

A simple majority is needed for the board to recommend that a non-UN member state be given membership of the Paris-based body.

[link to news.nationalpost.com]

UNESCO executive committee supports Palestinian statehood bid

PARIS — The exective committee of the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO on Wednesday recommended that the world body accept Palestine as a full member with the rights of a state.

..no power has a veto on the UNESCO committee, and Washington’s “no” vote in Paris was not enough to derail the bid. Palestinian leaders have said they are under enormous diplomatic pressure to abandon their candidacy.

UNESCO membership would not only be a diplomatic feather in Palestine’s cap — it would allow it to apply to classify its monuments as World Heritage Sites at a time when the heritage of much of the Holy Land is under dispute.