2 Nov 2011

Pacific Island countries mostly abstain from Palestine vote

1:33 pm on 2 November 2011

Pacific Island countries are absent from the roll of states which gave overwhelming backing to Palestinians' bid for membership of UNESCO.

Members of the United Nations agency voted 107 to 14 to accept Palestine as a full member state, with 52 abstentions.

According to a list published by the Britain's Guardian newspaper, Pacific Island countries mostly abstained from voting.

They included the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Tuvalu.

Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu voted against Palestinian membership, alongside Australia and the United States.

The Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Niue were absent at the time of the vote.