A Palestinian teacher points to pupils answering questions at a primary school in the Gaza Strip
A Palestinian teacher points to pupils raising their hands to answer a question at a primary school run by UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, January 2009. Monday's vote on the Palestinians joining UNESCO is counterproductive and premature, United States Undersecretary for Education Martha Kanter told the UN cultural body's general assembly. © Olivier Laban-Mattei - AFP/File
A Palestinian teacher points to pupils answering questions at a primary school in the Gaza Strip
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Last updated: October 31, 2011

US: Vote on Palestinians joining UNESCO "premature"

Monday's vote on the Palestinians joining UNESCO is counterproductive and premature, United States Undersecretary for Education Martha Kanter told the UN cultural body's general assembly.

"We think it's counterproductive, it's a premature step," Kanter said ahead of the vote on the Palestinian membership bid that requires a two-thirds majority of its 193 voting members to succeed.

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