UN votes for Palestinian proposal to raise flag
Sept.11, New York: The United Nations voted in favour of raising a flag of Palestine at its headquarters in New York City. This is a symbolic move highlighting Palestinian aspirations for statehood.
The voting that took place in Thursday evening, adopted a resolution where 119 votes were in favour. United States, Israel and other eight were against it and 45 abstained from from voting.
The text allows 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.
European countries were divided on the move with France and Sweden voting in favor while others such as Germany, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands and Cyprus abstained.
The UN has 20 days to implement the move, in time for a visit by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on September 30.
The Oslo Times