UNESCO executive council votes for Palestinian membership

October 6th, 2011 - 4:02 am ICT by IANS  

Paris, Oct 6 (IANS) UNESCO’s executive council voted Wednesday for allowing Palestine a membership, Xinhua reported.

Some 40 of the 58 members of UNESCO executive council voted for the proposal against four vetos including that from the US and Germany. Fourteen members abstained from the vote on the day, said a diplomatic source.

Arab countries have recently proposed to upgrade the status of Palestine in the UN organisation to member state from present status of observer state.

Palestine will not get the member state status until the approval of the executive council wins ratification of at least two thirds of all UNESCO 193 members which are due to meet for the general conference between Oct 25 and Nov 10 at its Paris headquarters.

Palestinian authority has intensified its effort for statehood representation in the UN and its branches since this year.The latest move was presenting its statehood bid to the 66th session of the UN General Assembly starting in late September.

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