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Pacific countries and the Palestinian Authority vote

Pacific countries and the Palestinian Authority vote

Updated 30 November 2012, 18:22 AEST

Today the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to grant the Palestinian Authority status as a non-member state, in a move described as a birth certificate for the Palestinian people.

Only nine nations out of 193 voted against the move.

The nine included Israel and the United States, which is no surprise, but four of the others were Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, and Palau.

Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley is an expert in international relations from the University of Auckland, and explains what may be behind their decision.

Presenter:Cathy Harper

Speaker:Associate Professor Stephen Hoadley from the University of Auckland

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