UN chief: Palestinian statehood issue for members to decide

CANBERRA - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reaffirmed his support for an independent Palestinian state on Friday but said Palestinian UN membership was an issue for member states to decide.
The United States for the first time on Thursday said explicitly it would use its veto in the Security Council to stop any Palestinian bid for full UN membership if the matter went ahead at the next General Assembly, which opens on Sept. 19.
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