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'Flying UN chair' lands in Moscow

Sept. 13, 2011 7:47 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 17, 2011 6:26 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The handmade Palestinian UN chair continues its world tour in Moscow on Monday, where it was displayed at the Hall of the Warrior Glory.

Hosted by Palestinian embassy staff, activists from the "Palestine deserves" campaign presented the chair at a reception attended by the ambassador of Costa Rica.

"We seek to present this hand-made symbolic UN chair for Palestine to the Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, chairperson of the UN Security Council, and the General Assembly," said Ayman Subeih, a coordinator of the campaign.

Palestine's ambassador to Russia Faed Mustafa welcomed the activists as "ambassadors of Palestine to the whole world since they deliver a message from a people seeking to obtain its freedom and establish an independent state of its own," a campaign statement said.

"The Palestinian people are seeking to establish an independent state on the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. It will be a state which respects the human dignity of the Palestinians, their legitimate rights, and the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their lands in accordance with the UN resolution number 194," he added.

The chair was commissioned by a Palestinian NGO which is hoping to rally support for the campaign to secure full UN membership for a Palestinian state when the General Assembly meets in New York later this month.

Made from Jerusalem olive wood and upholstered in crushed velvet in the UN's trademark air force blue, the chair is embossed with the words: "Palestine's Right -- A full membership in the United Nations."

"The wood came from an olive tree in Jerusalem, the olive tree being a symbol of Palestine, while the blue upholstery with white writing came from Nablus," said Sufian al-Qawasmi, the Hebron-based designer who supervised the project.

Russia has announced its support for the Palestinians' UN bid.

"We will, of course, be voting for any of the Palestinians' proposals," Russia's UN envoy Vitaly Churkin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

"But I must say that we are not pushing them into it. We are saying that 'Whatever you decide to do, we will support you'," Churkin said.

AFP contributed to this report.
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