US vows to veto Palestinian statehood bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ma'an News Agency
by Arshad Mohammed - (Analysis) September 9, 2011 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The United States said explicitly for the first time on Thursday it would veto a Palestinian bid for full UN membership, drawing an immediate rebuff from the Palestinians who vowed to press ahead. George Mitchell, a former US envoy, said he saw little chance of talking the Palestinians out of seeking full UN membership for a state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, a step requiring a vote in the Security Council where the United States holds a veto.

Palestinian Leader Says U.S. Is ‘Too Late’ on U.N. Bid
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The New York Times
by Isabel Kershner - (Analysis) September 8, 2011 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said Thursday that last-ditch American and international efforts to prevent the Palestinians from applying for membership in the United Nations this month were “too late.” He said the Palestinians still intended to submit an application for recognition of Palestinian statehood to the Security Council as a first step, at risk of a confrontation with the United States.

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