Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011. The Palestinians will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, Malki said Thursday, a move that comes in defiance of Washington’s threat to veto the statehood bid. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinians will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, the Palestinian foreign minister said Thursday, a move that would defy Washington’s threat to veto the statehood bid.
The remarks by Riad Malki came just ahead of the arrival in the West Bank of a senior U.S. diplomatic team that was in the region in a last-ditch effort to persuade the Palestinians to drop the U.N. bid. Although Malki did not close the door on compromise, his comments signaled the chances of breakthrough were slim.
With a diplomatic showdown looming, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he would travel to the U.N. next week to lead the opposition to the Palestinian initiative.
The emerging scenario would constitute a blow to U.S. diplomacy by forcing Washington to veto a proposal whose outcome — a Palestinian state — in principle is supported by most of the world, including the White House Login to read more