Ummid Assistant

Jamia Millia launches courses on China, Afghanistan

IGNOU launches value education programme for teachers

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home International

UNESCO executive council votes for Palestinian membership; US fumes

Thursday October 06, 2011 08:54:55 AM, Agencies

Related Articles

Palestinian bid for UN membership gets strong India backing

India came out in all out support for a Palestinian bid for membership of the United Nations as a Security Council committee met behind closed doors to begin considering its  

Palestine applies for UN recognition

Thousands take to streets to support UN vote for Palestinian state

Paris: Palestine won a first diplomatic victory in its quest for statehood when the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) executive council backed its bid to become a member of the cultural body with the rights of a state.

Palestine's Arab allies braved intense US and French diplomatic pressure to bring the motion before the committee's member states, which passed it by 40 votes in favour to four - the US, Germany, Romania and Latvia against it, with 14 abstentions.

The Palestinian bid will now be submitted for the approval 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.

The move was swiftly criticised by the US and Israel. Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, said UNESCO should "think again" about voting on Palestinian admission.

Clinton, speaking to reporters during a trip to the Dominican Republic, also called the move "confusing," as the UN Security Council weighs a request from the Palestinians for full UN membership, which the United States opposes.

"I found quite confusing and somehow inexplicable that you would have organs of the United Nations making decisions about statehood or statehood status while the issue has been presented to the United Nations," Clinton said.

"I think this is a very odd procedure indeed," she said.

"The decision about status must be made in the United Nations and not in auxiliary groups that are subsidiary to the United Nations."

David Killion, the US ambassador to UNESCO, issued a statement urging all delegations to join the United States in voting "no" while in Washington US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland sharply criticised the Palestinian effort.

"This is not going to create a state for them," she said at her daily briefing. "It is going to make things harder ... It further exacerbates the environment of tension."

Nimrod Barkan, Israel's ambassador to UNESCO, said the move would harm the agency and would not advance Palestinian aspirations.

"The problem is that the politicisation of UNESCO is detrimental to the ability of the organisation to carry out its mandate," he told Reuters.

France, which has advocated observer status of the UN, said that UNESCO was not the place to further the Palestinian case for recognition.

"The priority is to revive negotiations," foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said. "We consider that UNESCO is not the appropriate place and the General Conference is not the right moment."

Both US and Israel argue that the way to create Palestine is through negotiations.

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.

 




 

 

 

 

Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

 

Comments

Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of www.ummid.com

Comments powered by DISQUS

 

 

 

Top Stories

Pact with India not to hit 'brother Pakistan': Karzai

A day after he signed a landmark strategic pact with India, Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday sought to ease concern in Islamabad, saying the accord won't harm relations with Pakistan.  

India, Afghanistan to sign key strategic, economic pacts

US sees no mediatory role for India in Afghanistan

Pakistan media note Delhi-Kabul strategic links

 

  Most Read

Unable to read or write, still hold degrees - They are Malegaon's Mukadams

65-year old Mohammad Salahuddin is just 4th standard pass. His reading skill is limited to a glance or two on newspapers while sipping tea at restaurants and writing  

India launches cheapest tablet computing device

Aiming to bridge the digital divide in the country, India Wednesday launched the world's cheapest tablet computing device Akash costing Rs.2,250 ($46). Around one lakh students will be able to have better access to information through the product developed jointly by 

Akash tablet's commercial variant in November

 

  News Pick

Court rejects govt. plea for Bhatt's police remand, hearing on bail Friday

In a setback for Gujarat's Narendra Modi government, a court here Wednesday began hearing the bail plea of  

Rajasthan's 'Shakespeare' elated over Nobel chance

Author of folk tales Vijaydan Detha, also called Rajasthan's Shakespeare, is elated that his name is doing the rounds for the Nobel prize for literature this year. "Even a stone will get joyful over such good news 

Dussehra inspires to work for the nation: President

President Pratibha Patil Wednesday greeted the nation on Dussehra, which falls Thursday, saying the festival inspires to work whole heartedly for 

In Meghalaya, celebrating Durga Puja differently

 

Picture of the Day

Girl students of a local school displaying the post cards posted to the AMU VC appealing him to speed up the process for the establishment of AMU centre in Malegaon

(Photo: ummid.com)

 

 
 
 
 
 

RSS  |  Contact us

 

| Quick links

News

 

Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant

 

National

Religion

RSS

Scholarships

About us

International

Culture

Twitter

Government Schemes

Feedback

Regional

History

Facebook

Education

Register

Politics

Opinion

Newsletter

Contact us

Business

Career

     

Education

     

 

 

Ummid.com: Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange

Ummid.com is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.