Palestinian flag raised at United Nation for first time

2015-10-04 02:39:32 | Al Muslim News
Palestinian flag raised at United Nation for first time
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas hails historical moment in the struggle of the Palestinian people towards freedom and independence

 

The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the United Nation headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

The green, black, red and white colored flag was raised during a formal ceremony following Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' address to the UN General Assembly.

It was an "historical moment in the struggle of the Palestinian people towards freedom and independence”, Abbas said.

"Raise the flag of Palestine very high. Because it is the symbol of our identity", he added.
Mr Abbas used his speech at the General Assembly to appeal for “those countries that have not recognised the state of Palestine yet, to do so”.

“Palestine, which is an observer state in the United Nations, deserves full recognition and full membership,” he said.

“I call on the Israeli government to cease its use of brutal force…particularly its actions at the Al-Aqsa mosque,” he added.

The ceremony was also attended by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, among others.

The General Assembly adopted a Palestinian-sponsored resolution Sept. 10 permitting non-member observer states to raise their flags at the world body's headquarters alongside those of member states. 

The symbolic move came as Palestinians step up efforts for international recognition of their statehood, despite fierce opposition from Israel and its allies.

The state of Palestine and the Holy See are the only non-member observer states at the UN.

Speaking at the ceremony, the UN chief said the event "reflects the commitment of the Palestinian Authority to pursue the long-held dream of the Palestinian people for their own state.

"It also symbolizes the longstanding commitment of the United Nations to support Palestinian aspirations," Ban said, adding however that the ceremony does not represent the end-goal of a two-state solution with Palestinians and Israelis living side-by-side.

The flag was raised in front of the UN secretariat building at the northeast side of First Avenue and 42nd Street, alongside the flag of the Vatican.

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