Fayyad: UNESCO Nativity Church vote gives Palestinians hope

June 29, 2012 19:42

UNESCO's decision to grant endangered World Heritage status to the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem under the name Palestine, gives hope to the Palestinian people, said Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on Friday.

"This gives hope and confidence to our people on the inevitable victory of our just cause," said Fayyad in a statement following the decision.

"It increases their determination to continue efforts at deepening readiness for the establishment of an independent State of Palestine, with its capital in east Jerusalem within the 1967 borders," Fayyad said.

Israeli officials have questioned the need for Bethlehem to be registered as an endangered site and see Palestinian moves at UNESCO and other UN bodies as an effort to embarrass Israel on the world stage.

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