Dutch government unhappy about UNESCO decision

31st October 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Netherlands is disappointed with the granting of full UNESCO membership to the Palestinians, says Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. A majority of the members have voted in favour of the Palestinians joining the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

The Netherlands voted against, as did Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania and Lithuania. Minister Rosenthal said membership should have been a result of the negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel in line with the timetable drawn up by the Middle East Quartet consisting of the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations.

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