Palestinian flag could fly at UN headquarters

Palestinians have reportedly proposed that Palestine’s flag be flown at the United Nations headquarters in New York, in a move believed to ruffle feathers in the Israeli regime.

The proposal asks the world body to allow non-member observer states, namely Palestine and Vatican, to hoist their flags at the headquarters.

The motion has been tabled and a draft of the resolution on the flag-raising is set to be made public on Wednesday.

The UN General Assembly is hoped to adopt the resolution prior to an address to the assembly by Pope Francis, which is scheduled for September 25.

The Vatican, however, has reportedly told the Palestinian UN mission that while it had nothing against the Palestinians’ proposing to hoist their own flag, it wanted that all references to the Church be removed from the draft resolution.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on September 26, 2014 in New York. (C) AFP

The Vatican officially recognized the state of Palestine in May. A month later, the two sides inked a landmark treaty on the activities of the Church in areas under Palestinian control, thus determining the Church’s status there.

As many as 135 countries have recognized the sovereignty of Palestine as a state.

On November 29, 2012, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state. The Vatican welcomed the vote at the time.

By Press TV