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Palestinians Admitted To UNESCO As Full Member

31.10.2011 13:02

The United Nations' cultural agency, UNESCO, has given the Palestinians full membership in the body, in a move likely to boost their bid for recognition as a state at the United Nations.

The General Assembly of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization voted 107-14 in favor, with 52 abstentions.

Katalin Bogyay, the president of the 36th General Conference of UNESCO and the Hungarian ambassador to UNESCO, made the announcement after the vote in Paris.

The United States, Canada, and Germany were among those who voted against Palestinian membership.

The decision could see UNESCO lose millions of dollars in U.S. funding.

The United States is the biggest contributor to UNESCO's budget, but under U.S. legislation the government is barred from financing any United Nations organization that accepts Palestine as a full member.

The Palestinians' request for full UNESCO membership is part of their quest for statehood, which saw them last month apply for full UN membership.

compiled from agency reports



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