PARIS - The United Nations' cultural
agency decided on Monday to give the Palestinians full
membership of the body, a vote that will boost their bid for
recognition as a state at the United Nations.
UNESCO is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought
to join as a full member since President Mahmoud Abbas applied
for full membership of the United Nations on Sept. 23.
The United States, Canada and Germany voted against
Palestinian membership. Brazil, Russia, China, India, South
Africa and France voted in favor. Britain abstained.