Washington, DC- Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairwoman of the House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO) granted full membership to the Palestinians:

“I have been clear to the leadership of UNESCO, the Palestinian leadership, and to my colleagues in the Administration that the path to Middle East peace does not run through the U.N.  I expect the Administration to enforce existing law and stop contributions to UNESCO and any other U.N. agency that enables the Palestinians to short-cut the peace process.  From the start, my message has been consistent that in order for the P.A. to achieve the legitimacy of statehood they must return to direct peace negotiations with Israel.”