Just in:  

You are here: Home»World»Middle East»UNESCO admission is 'first recognition of Palestine': Abbas

UNESCO admission is 'first recognition of Palestine': Abbas

palestinianPARIS: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Tuesday UNESCO's admission of Palestine was a key first recognition that he hoped others will follow, as the Palestinian flag was raised at the agency's offices.

"This admission is a first recognition of Palestine," Abbas said at the flag-raising ceremony.

"It is moving to see our flag raised today at a UN agency. I hope that this will be a good omen for Palestine's admission to other international organisations," he said.

"Our admission is a source of pride. Palestine, the land where civilisations met... is having a new rebirth," Abbas said.

"Today we are members of UNESCO and we hope we can have an independent state, living side-by-side with Israel in a spirit of peace," he said.

At the ceremony, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova welcomed Palestine to the agency and said she hoped its admission would be a step toward peace with Israel.

"A solution with two states living in peace and security has been long-awaited," she said. "I want to believe that this admission to UNESCO is a chance to show that peace is also built through education and culture."

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2011


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,813.39 0.01
Arrow Nasdaq 5,116.15 0.26
Arrow S&P 2,088.87 0.01
Arrow FTSE 6,393.13 0.88
Arrow DAX 11,320.77 1.35
Arrow CAC-40 4,946.02 1.08
Arrow Nikkei 19,944.41 0.49
Arrow H.Seng 22,488.94 0.04
Arrow Sensex 25,958.63 0.71

Wholesale Camping Equipment from China at 

New 2015 adidas and Nike Soccer Cleats at Kicks Corner uk

Ad Asia 2015

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
WeeklyNovember 23, 2015
Reserves $19.713 bln