Palestinians want statehood bid decided in 2 weeks

September 24, 2011 15:29

RAMALLAH - The Palestinians want the United Nations Security Council to decide on their bid for full membership of the world body within a fortnight, a leading official in the Fatah movement of President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday.

"Palestinians will wait two weeks for Security Council to consider application for membership," the official, Azzam al-Ahmad, was quoted telling the official Maan news agency in English.

Lebanon's UN ambassador said the Security Council would convene on Monday to discuss the application after Abbas presented it to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday.

"I circulated the letter (Palestinian application) to all members of the Security Council and I called for consultations in light of this letter on Monday at three in the afternoon (1900 GMT)," Ambassador Nawaf Salam told reporters.

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