Israel freezes UNESCO funding
Jerusalem: Israel would stop its $2 million in annual funding to the Unesco in the wake of a vote that admitted Palestine as a full member, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday.
In a vote Oct 31 at the 193-member UN agency`s general conference in Paris, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) got 107 votes for its membership bid, with 14 countries against. A total of 52 countries abstained.
"Such moves do not advance peace, but rather push it further away. The only path to achieving peace is via direct negotiations without preconditions," Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as saying in a statement.
The prime minister directed relevant authorities to redirect the funding "towards other initiatives cooperating to achieve the same goals in the area".
The US has also halted its $60 million financial contribution to the UN agency.
The White House termed the formal admission of Palestine to the Unesco "premature", claiming that the move will undermine the Middle East peace process.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- NHRC issues notice to Rajasthan government over death of 11 children in home
- Delhi: 10-year-old boy dies due to overdose of Vitamin D
- Haryana: Groom injured in celebratory firing at wedding in Hissar
- Phase V of West Bengal Assembly polls starts today
- Discussion over Mamata Banerjee's close aide Firhad Hakim's 'mini Pakistan' comment
- Kerala Assembly Elections 2016: VS Achuthanandan’s one line speech stuns CPM workers
- Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha says he would be happy to promote Bihar as its brand ambassador
- Good news! Foreigners, NRIs can now book train tickets in India using debit, credit cards
- Telangana SSC class 10th Results 2016 is likely to be declared on May 5
- West Bengal Assembly Elections: Polling begins in crucial fifth phase, 680 central forces companies deployed