UN heritage site application shelved

2013-06-26 20:30
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Jerusalem - A Palestinian official says Palestinians have shelved an application to the UN's cultural agency to have a West Bank village recognised as a world heritage site.

The official says the request to have Unesco recognise the village, Battir, was postponed indefinitely as a gesture to US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is trying to restart peace talks.

Kerry, who is meeting Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week, asked both sides to avoid provocative moves. Israel opposes Palestinian moves to join UN bodies in the absence of a peace deal.

The official spoke anonymously on Wednesday because he was not authorised to brief reporters.

Palestinians hoped Unesco recognition for Battir would help protect its lands and ancient irrigation system. They say it's threatened by the proposed route of Israel's separation barrier.

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