UN Twitter typo has global dimensions

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United Nations Information Officer Nancy Groves accidentally substituted the number 1 for the number 2 in a tweet about the Palestinian bid for a homeland in the Middle East:

Ban Ki-moon is the Secretary-General of the UN.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the urgency of a two-state solution, of course -- one for Palestinians and the other being Israel.

“I urge the parties to renew their commitment to a negotiated peace," he said.

The tweet was scheduled to publish at 2 p.m., when Groves was in a meeting. Later, she explained in a subsequent tweet, "terrible typo on my part and then went into a telephone conference call before catching it." The original tweet was deleted and the following corrected one was sent.


The General Assembly voted Thursday afternoon to recognize Palestine as a non-member, observer state. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called the vote "unfortunate and counterproductive."

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and possible Clinton successor as Secretary of State Susan Rice tweeted the official position on the vote.

The U.S. was one of nine countries to vote against recognition. The other "no" votes were Israel, Canada, the Czech Republic, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Panama. Forty-one countries abstained.


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