AMMAN - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday
he expected the Security Council to finish debating his nation's
application for full UN membership within weeks, not months.
Speaking to journalists on his plane back from the General Assembly in
New York, where he presented the request, Abbas said Security Council
members had initially appeared unenthusiastic about the idea of
discussing the application.
But he said the mood appeared to change after he delivered a speech to
the General Assembly on Friday, during which he pressed the Palestinian
case for an independent state alongside Israel.
The United States, Israel's closest ally, has said it will block the
move. Both governments say direct peace talks are the correct way for
Palestinians to pursue peace. Washington holds veto power in the
15-member Security Council.