UNESCO association empowers Palestine against Israel

2015-05-23 08:24:08 | Al Muslim News
UNESCO association empowers Palestine against Israel
UNESCO headquarter, Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France

 

Palestine was elected earlier this week to chair the 3rd Meeting of States Parties to the UNESCO 1970 Convention on illegal Trafficking of Cultural Property, for the first time ever. 

Palestine became the 195th full member of UNESCO in 2011 with the support of a large majority of countries.

Chairing a meeting of nearly 130 States Parties has “both symbolic and practical” significance for Palestine, Mounir Anastas, deputy ambassador of Palestine to UNESCO said, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to Anastas, the meeting that mainly aims to recover embezzled cultural property, is a significant legal tool for Palestine that saw its own property “illegally exported or even stolen,” particularly because of Israel’s partial occupation of the West Bank.

“As you see, Israel is not among the states parties to attend the meeting, which will offer Palestine a legal framework to seek its rights,” Anastas said.

The United Nations organization has defied the United States’ 60 million-dollar financial contribution cutoff and has lost 22 percent of its budget. The U.S. also lost its veto power.

Speaking about the process that led to the election of the Palestinian delegation to chair the meeting, Anastas said the initiative made by the Arab countries was “fully supported by Turkey.”
 The Turkish delegation, which currently holds the presidency of the regional bloc of “Western European and Other States” in the UN, was consulted as a national delegation and Chair of its voting group, Anastas said.

As for the reaction of the other states members, Anastas said the delegation received “a lot of positive feedback.”

“Even states that had voted against the recognition of Palestine as a full member state to UNESCO, like Canada and Germany, congratulated us, except the United States.” 
Asked about the possibility of chairing another UN meeting, Anastas was optimistic.
“We are here to practice our membership,” he said.

UNESCO is currently the only UN agency that recognizes Palestine as a full member state.

 

.

Tags: #Middle-East #Arab-World #Palestine #

Latest News

What to Next

Kashmiris protest atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Dozens of activists staged a demonstration in the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday to condemn the alleged violence and discriminatio... More

Haj success opens way for talks with Saudi: Iran

Iran thanked Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for its handling of the Haj operations, saying it opened the way for negotiations between the regional rivals. ... More

North Korea nuclear test more powerful than estimated: Japan

Japan's defence minister on Tuesday said North Korea's latest nuclear test was more powerful than initially estimated, with a yield that was a... More

More than 120000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in past 11 days: UN report

Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations (UN) sai... More

Myanmar Suu Kyi slams "misinformation"over Rohingya crisis

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday alleged a “huge iceberg of misinformation” was distorting the picture of the R... More

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

NEW DELHI: The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said on Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach ... More

Shia mosque in Kabul under attack by gunmen, says Afghan official

A Shia mosque in Kabul is under attack as gunmen stormed the mosque while worshippers were at prayers, according to an Afghan official on Friday. K... More

Top US general in Afghanistan claims Taliban cannot win war

KABUL: The top US military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday President Donald Trump’s new strategy is a sign of a long-term co... More

Russian foreign minister says US ready to continue talks

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Sunday he believed his US colleagues were ready to continue dialogue with Moscow on complex iss... More

BJP keen to amend law on permanent residence in held Kashmir

NEW DELHI: Away from the attention that Article 370 attracts, some members and supporters of the Bha­ratiya Janata Party (BJP) are steadily pushin... More

83