Unesco rejects Palestinian heritage proposal

26 May 2011 8:59 AM | Anonymous

Unesco rejects Palestinian heritage proposal
Non-member status of the United Nations makes it ineligible to successfully nominate sites
By Lauren Gelfond Feldinger | From issue 225, June 2011
Published online 26 May 11 (Conservation)

AJERUSALEM/PARIS. Unesco is considering adding 11 Middle East sites in June for inclusion on its World Heritage List, but the Palestinian nomination will not be among them.


The Palestinian proposal of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem was rejected for consideration. “The World Heritage Committee will not be able to consider the nomination until, if and when Palestine becomes a state party to the [World Heritage] Convention,” said Louise Haxthausen, the head of Unesco’s office in Ramallah.

Only countries recognised by the United Nations as sovereign states and members of the world body can make nominations to Unesco. The current status of the West Bank and Gaza are referred to by the UN as Occupied Palestinian Territory. The UN recognised the PLO as the official representative of the Palestinian people and as such granted it UN observer, not member, status in 1974.


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