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Friday, September 11, 2015, Bhadra 27, 1422 BS, Zilqad 26, 1436 Hijr


UN likely to back raising Palestinian flag
Published :Friday, 11 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 19

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 10 : The United Nations is expected on Thursday to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters in New York in a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
The General Assembly will vote at 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) on a draft resolution that diplomats say is almost certain to garner a majority in the 193-nation forum.
"It is a symbolic thing, but another step to solidify the pillars of the state of Palestine in the international arena," said Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian representative to the UN.
The resolution would allow the flags of Palestine and the Holy See -- both of which have non-member observer status -- to be hoisted alongside those of the member states.
If adopted, the UN would have 20 days to implement the move, which would be in time for a visit by president Mahmud Abbas on September 30.
Mansour said the initiative had the potential to "give our people some hope that the international community is still supporting the independence of the state of Palestine.
"Things are bleak, gloomy, the political process is dead, Gaza is being suffocated. This flag resolution is like the small light of a candle to keep hope alive for the Palestinian people."     ?AFP









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