UNESCO to vote on Palestinian membership

October 31, 2011 11:59

PARIS - The United Nations' cultural agency said it would decide later on Monday whether to give the Palestinians full membership of the body, a vote that could 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 has said it would veto full UN membership for the Palestinians and it and Israel are also leading opponents of the Palestinian bid for membership of UNESCO and other UN bodies.

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