Palestinian leaders will no longer seek to join other U.N. agencies but instead devote all its attention to their full membership bid at the global body.
Earlier reports indicated Palestinians were eyeing seats in 16 other U.N. organizations, following their success at UNESCO.
Citing Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki, the Los Angeles Times says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave out the instructions putting a halt to those plans and that authorities should instead concentrate on obtaining full U.N. membership.
The admission of Palestine into any U.N. agency, including UNESCO, would mean a loss of funding from the United States due to standing legislation. Some lawmakers have even warned the country will withdraw from any U.N. organization that takes in Palestine as a member.
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