Palestinian flag-raising at UNESCO - Reuters - Dec. 13, 2011
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attends flag-raising ceremony for Palestinian flag at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, December 13, 3011. Photo by Reuters
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Palestinian President Abbas (front, 5th L), UNESCO Director General (front, 4th L) and officials attend flag-raising ceremony for Palestinian flag at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, December 13, 2011. Photo by Reuters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris Tuesday, in a ceremony attended by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian leader was also to hold talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The flag-raising ceremony at the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization takes place at noon local time. Abbas was scheduled to give a press conference afterwards.

UNESCO members voting by an overwhelming majority to admit Palestine as the agency's 195th member state on October 31.

The previous month Abbas had applied for  full UN membership. That application is still pending at the UN Security Council.

The UNESCO vote triggered a funding crisis at the organization.

The United States, which opposed Palestinian membership, suspended its UNESCO funding, saying its laws barred it from funding a UN agency that made a Palestinian state a full member. Israel also suspended its contributions.