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UNESCO advanced 'new stage' for Palestine
Published Thursday 02/08/2012 (updated) 05/08/2012 17:53
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A Greek Orthodox clergyman holds a cross during the Orthodox Christmas
Eve celebrations outside the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed
to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem
on Jan. 6, 2011. (MaanImages/Luay Sababa)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- Palestine entered a new stage internationally after being accepted as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, PLO observer to the UN Riyad Mansour said Wednesday.

Palestine has attended four conferences recently as a member, including a discussion concerning maritime law and the standardization of geographical names of countries, Mansour told Ma'an.

The Palestinian delegation is working hard in the UN to explain the negative impact of settlement activity on the prospects for a two state solution, he added.

Plans to ask the UN to admit Palestine as a non-member state will be undertaken at an appropriate time, and President Abbas will hold further consultations with Arab and international bodies, Mansour said.

Last year, UNESCO granted Palestine full membership, a decision seen at the time as a boost to their bid, since largely stalled, to win UN recognition of statehood in the absence of peace talks with Israel.

Israel and the United States, which later cut off its $80 million annual funding of UNESCO, condemned the decision, saying negotiations -- which collapsed in 2010 -- were the only path to statehood.

On June 29, UNESCO declared Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity and the nearby pilgrimage route World Heritage sites.

Thirteen members of the 21-nation World Heritage Committee voted in favor of the Palestinian application, securing exactly the needed number of votes. Two countries abstained and six voted against the bid.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
02/08/2012 17:47
IF "Palestine has attended conferences recently concerning maritime law",
then it knows that the GAZA BLOCKADE IS LEGAL, and
the Palestinian delegation should be working hard in the UN to explain the negative impact on the prospects for a two state solution, by their own
REFUSING TO TALK, Negotiate, or consider settlement compromises !!!


2 ) Bemused / New Zealand
02/08/2012 17:54
And what is the Palestinian delegation to the UN doing about raising the issue of the attacks on Al Aqsa Mosque at UNESCO - surely this should be their priority?

3 ) deb / uk
02/08/2012 22:46
@1 The Gaza blockade is NOT legal, how can you say the imprisonment of 1.5 men, women and children is legal. What it is, is the desperate attempt at ultra national white supemists (Zionists) to keep the indigenous people (the true semites) down.

4 ) Charity Clayton / UK
03/08/2012 09:58
Tibi, your statements are ridiculous. The blockade of Gaza is illegal and morally indefensible. Furthermore, if you believe Palestinians should come to the table with a government which is abusing their human rights in so many ways then you are to be pitied for your cruel and inhumane attitude to the lives of those in the OPT and Gaza.

5 ) malaksh da3wa / Masr
03/08/2012 14:10
Settlement compromises? Is "Tibil/Tubas" even serious? Settlements are definitely illegal. The blockade is illegal. The occupation is illegal. Apartheid is illegal. I'm sick of people not claiming the Palestinians the right to live.

6 ) Omar / America
03/08/2012 23:00
Israel is not illegal open a book, terrorist is illegal, appartheid is a popular poropaganda term, , blockade of weapons is legal, rockets at civilians is illigal, and if you think Jews are not Semites lets have a blood test!! Btw many Arab Jews live in Israel how do you explain there existence ?

7 ) Pleiadian1 / USA
06/08/2012 19:43
Malaksh, Then you need to blame the Jordanians, the Lebanese, and other Arab countries for evicting the Palestinians and the PLO.
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