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Palestinian flag flies at UNESCO
Mahmoud Abbas attends Paris ceremony celebrating PA's admission to UN's cultural agency

Palestinians have raised their flag at the headquarters of UNESCO, the UN cultural agency in Paris, a symbolic boost in their push for an independent state.

 

Cheers rose alongside the red, black, white and green flag Tuesday during a ceremony held in the rain. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was among those present. He will later meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

 


הדגל הפלסטיני לצד דגל האו"ם בפריז (צילום: רויטרס)

Palestinian flag next to UN flag (Photo: Reuters)

 

Palestine was admitted as a UNESCO member after an October vote that prompted the US to cut off funds to the agency.

 

The Palestinians also are seeking full-fledged UN membership, but Washington has threatened to veto that move, saying a negotiated settlement with Israel should come first.

 

 

 

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