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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 13 December 2011

The Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 more than a month after its admission as a full member. 

  The Palestinian flag hoisted at UNESCO headquarters, over a month after its admission to the UN cultural agency. President Mahmud Abbas  traveled to Paris to attend the event, which is seen by many as a step on the Palestinians' road to eventual UN membership.

"President Abbas wants to show the importance he attaches to UNESCO," said a Palestinian diplomat. "And this is the first time that the flag will be flown at the headquarters of a UN institution."
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation says the flag-hoisting is a symbolic ceremony "to mark Palestine's admission to the organisation" that takes place each time a new member joins.
The Palestinians were admitted to the body in late October, when the UNESCO general assembly voted 107-14 to make Palestine its 195th member.
 Indian Stamp issued on 29 November 1981 in supporting inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.


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