14 Dec '11, 1am

New member Palestine raises flag at Unesco headquarters

New member Palestine raises flag at Unesco headquarters

The Palestinian and the UN flag wave together for the first time (with the Eiffel tower in the background) on Dec 13, 2011 above a UN agency, the Unesco headquarters in Paris. -- PHOTO: AFP PARIS (AP) - Palestinians raised their flag at the headquarters of the United Nations cultural agency in Paris on Tuesday as the agency's 195th member, a historic move and symbolic boost for their push for an independent state. Cheers rose as the red, black, white and green flag went up in pouring rain under the gaze of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova. She welcomed Palestine without mentioning the US funding cutoff that its membership prompted and that is hobbling the organisation. 'This is truly a historic moment,' Mr Abbas said later at an indoor ceremony, his speech punctuated by rousing applause and standing ovations. He said he and the P...

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