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Palestinian NGO closes in on consultative status at UN

The Palestinian Return Center has taken a step toward consultative status as a nongovernmental organization dealing with Palestinian refugee issues, a recommendation that still needs ratification by the UN's Economic and Social Council.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers remarks on July 1, 2013 at the opening of the High-level Segment of the 2013 substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
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COLOGNE, Germany — The United Nations recommended on June 1 granting the Palestinian Return Center (PRC) a consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) and said the finalization of this status would take place in July.

The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations accepted the PRC's membership by a majority of 12 votes. Sudan, China, Iran, South Africa, Turkey, Pakistan, Cuba, Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Mauritania, Guinea and Nicaragua were among the states that supported the resolution while the United States, Israel and Uruguay voted against it and Russia, Greece and India abstained.

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