Monday, October 31, 2011

Unesco Approves Full Membership for Palestinians

Unesco defied a legally mandated cutoff of American funding and approved a Palestinian bid for full membership by a vote on Monday of 107 to 14, with 52 abstentions.

Legislation dating back more than 15 years stipulates a complete cutoff of American financing to any United Nations agency that accepts the Palestinians as a full member. Unesco — the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization — depends on the United States for 22 percent of its budget, about $70 million a year. More.....
According to the UNESCO press release:
The vote was carried by 107 votes in favor of admission and 14 votes against, with 52 abstentions.

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