November 1, 2011 – www.jwire.com.au
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation [UNESCO] has voted 107-14 in favour of granting membership to Palestine. Australia joined Israel, the United States, Canada and Germany in voting against the motion.
France joined China and India in supporting the Palestinian membership. 52 countries abstained including Britain and Japan.
The U.S. is likely to withdraw its considerable financial support to UNESCO following the vote. $60 million was due to be paid to USECO this month.
US ambassador to UNESCO David T Killion says the vote is premature as the September application to by Palestine to join the United Nations remains under study.
The Quarter continues to strive to get Israel and Palestine to the peace table to attempt to create the two state solution through negotiation.