Palestine raises flag at Unesco

2011-12-13 14:50
Paris – Palestinians have raise their flag at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency in Paris, a symbolic boost in their push for an independent state.

Cheers rose alongside the red, black, white and green flag Tuesday during a ceremony held in the rain.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was among those present.

Palestine was admitted as a Unesco member after an October vote that prompted the US to cut off funds to the agency.

The Palestinians also are seeking full-fledged UN membership, but Washington has threatened to veto that move, saying a negotiated settlement with Israel should come first.