New member Palestine to raise flag at UNESCO
PARIS - The Associated Press
In this Sept. 23, 2011 file photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a letter requesting recognition of Palestine as a state as he addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York. AP PhotoA Palestinian flag is to be raised at the headquarters of the U.N. cultural agency in Paris, a symbolic boost to the Palestinians' push for an independent state.
Palestine is being admitted as a UNESCO member after an October vote that prompted the U.S. to cut off funds to the agency.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be present for the flag-raising Tuesday. He later meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Palestinians also are seeking full-fledged U.N. membership, but the United States has threatened to veto that move, saying a negotiated settlement with Israel should come first.