Tuesday, November 19, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: 'State' of Palestine Casts First UN Vote

The more stuff like this keeps happening, the harder the state two step will be for Palestinian apologists to perform:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Palestine’s UN delegation cast its first General Assembly ballot Monday to a warm round of applause, which its ambassador called a symbolic step toward full membership in the world body.
UN envoy Riyad Mansour voted in the assembly’s election of a judge for the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Koffi Kumelio Afande of Togo was elected to the court.It was the first time that a Palestinian “state” voted in the General Assembly, almost a year after the 193-nation body elevated it to non-member UN observer state, the same status the Vatican holds.The Palestinians now have access to UN agencies and international bodies, including the International Criminal Court and UNESCO.Under the statute of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the Vatican and Palestine, as non-member states, could take part in the election just like the regular General Assembly members.They would not be able to vote routinely on the bulk of General Assembly resolutions, however.

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