UNESCO to vote on Monday on Palestinian entry
October 28, 2011 17:24
PARIS - UN cultural agency UNESCO will vote on Monday on a Palestinian request for membership, part of a wider Palestinian campaign for recognition as a state within the wider United Nations system.
UNESCO's executive board decided on Oct. 6 to allow the 193 member countries vote on the application, angering Israel and the United States, which provides 22 percent of the funding of the UN subsidiary and could cut that lifeline as a result.
A UNESCO spokeswoman said the vote was likely to take place late on Monday morning at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, during an annual gathering that runs from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15.