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Oct062011

State Department Grows Frustrated with Palestinian Leaders

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The State Department is expressing frustration over the latest Palestinian tactic to achieve statehood without conducting peace talks with Israel.

Palestinian leaders have asked for state membership to the U.N. sub-agency on education, science and culture, called UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). The executive board of UNESCO has just approved that application, sending it to a vote in the general assembly of the cultural body.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged UNESCO to think again before proceeding. She called the move "inexplicable," questioning why a sub-agency would decide on a statehood matter when that issue is currently being debated by the main body of the United Nations. And Israel says it's another tactic to avoid negotiations.

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