Palestinians seek UNESCO vote despite US opposition

RAMALLAH - The Palestinians will seek a vote on their bid for full membership of UNESCO on Oct. 30, Foreign Minister Riyal al-Malki said on Wednesday, despite what he called US threats to pull funding from the UN cultural agency.
The initiative is part of a Palestinian push, opposed by the United States, for recognition as a state in the UN system -- a move the Palestinians hope will strengthen their standing vis-à-vis Israel.
UNESCO is the first UN agency the Palestinians have sought to join as a full member since applying for full membership of the United Nations on Sept. 23. The bid for a full UN seat, which can be granted only by the Security Council, is destined to fail because of opposition by Washington, which has a veto in the forum.
But UNESCO is one agency the Palestinians can join as a full member regardless of their wider UN status.