The Palestinians have moved one step closer to the set of full membership in the agency culture on Wednesday after its board decided let 193 Member States voting on the issue later this month, the last phase of the UN into a Palestinian campaign torecognition of statehood.
In the Palestinian in September has been applied formally to the UN Security Council for full membership in the UN, ignoring a threat to the U.S. veto the measure, as well as threats from members of U.S. Congress limit American aid to the Palestinians.
Forty representatives of the 58 board members voted for a draft resolution, with four voting against and 14 abstaining, a source organization Educational, Scientific and Cultural UN told Reuters.
Now will be presented for a vote in the UNESCO General Conference, which runs from October 25 to November 10 and is open to all and 193 members of the Paris-based organization.
"At present the resolution that is discussed concerns that have all of the members of the General Conference of UNESCO, which will then be the body that decides if Palestine is admitted or not," the source said. To ramp of pressure on the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority's Abbas (PA) is looking at alternative institutions that can recognize their sought-after condition of statehood - a campaign last year, triggered by a breakdown of peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel.
On Tuesday, he won the state by the Council of Europe, the main body of the Association of Human Rights of the European Union.
The Palestinians have had observer status at UNESCO since 1974. To gain full membership, the so-called "states" that are not members of Unesco, the United Nations may be admitted with a two thirds majority of the general congress. It was not clear whether the Palestine should be recognized by UNESCO declared its offer for you to succeed.
An official at the Palestinian mission declined to comment on.
The movement of the PA to UNESCO has sparked anger in the U.S. with the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the United States, requiring a cut in the United States constitute a fund if the request to UNESCO Palestinian approved.
"Considering that their efforts at the UN Security Council will fail, the Palestinian leadership is gaining around the UN system for the recognition," Ros-Lehtinen said. "This attempt to equip the process must be completely stopped in its tracks. Our contributions are our strongest leverage at the UN and should be used to stand up for our interests and allies and stop this pattern Palestinian dangerous. "
The U.S. government has said that the Palestinians can gain an independent state on land taken by Israel in the 1967 war only via negotiations with the jew said, its main ally Washington in the Middle East. France, which has invited the UN to give the Palestinians the state of the observer states - such as the Vatican - as a road map describing a year of peace with Israel, for example, UNESCO was not the right forum to seek recognition. "The priority is to revive the negotiations," spokesman Bernard Valero foreign ministry said.