UN: Palestinian flag raised at UN for first time

1st Oct 2015
UN: Palestinian flag raised at UN for first time
NEW YORK (AA):   The Palestinian flag was raised for the first time at the UN headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Abbas said it was an “historical moment in the struggle of the Palestinian people towards freedom and independence”.”Raise the flag of Palestine very high. Because it is the symbol of our identity”, he said.The ceremony was also attended by Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, among others.

The General Assembly adopted a Palestinian-sponsored resolution Sept. 10 permitting non-member observer states to raise their flags at the world body’s headquarters alongside those of member states.

The symbolic move came as Palestinians step up efforts for international recognition of their statehood, despite fierce opposition from Israel and its allies.

The state of Palestine and the Holy See are the only non-member observer states at the UN.

Speaking at the ceremony, the UN chief said the event “reflects the commitment of the Palestinian Authority to pursue the long-held dream of the Palestinian people for their own state.

“It also symbolizes the longstanding commitment of the United Nations to support Palestinian aspirations,” Ban said, adding however that the ceremony does not represent the end-goal of a two-state solution with Palestinians and Israelis living side-by-side.

NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attend a ceremony to raise the Palestinian flag for the first time at the United Nations headquarters on September 30, 2015 in New York, USA. The green, black, red and white colored flag was raised during a formal ceremony following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' address to the UN General Assembly. (Hakan Göktepe - Anadolu Agency)
Photo: (L-R) Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attend a ceremony to raise the Palestinian flag for the first time at the United Nations headquarters on September 30, 2015 in New York, USA. (Hakan Göktepe – Anadolu Agency)

 

During his address to the General Assembly, Turkish PM Davutoglu said that hoisting the Palestinian flag is a “significant step toward enabling the parties to stand at an equal footing at the table, for a healthy negotiation process that leads to an equitable and sustainable peace”.

The flag was raised in front of the UN secretariat building at the northeast side of First Avenue and 42nd Street, alongside the flag of the Vatican.

Author: Mustafa Çağlayan, Kasım İleri, Hatice Vildan
[Photo: Palestinian flag flies for the first time at the United Nations headquarters after a flag-raising ceremony in the Rose Garden on September 30, 2015 in New York, USA. The green, black, red and white colored flag was raised during a formal ceremony following Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ address to the UN General Assembly. Photographer: Hakan Göktepe/AA]

One Response to “UN: Palestinian flag raised at UN for first time”

Ian Barnettt.October 4, 2015

The flag is an illusion. How can there ever be a two state solution….. it just ain’t happening. The so called ‘palestinians’ do not want and have never wanted a two state solution. Hopefully Israel will decide to finish them off for good very soon. :-)

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