Arabs may ask UN to recognize Palestinian state

BRUSSELS — Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Friday that Arab nations may seek UN recognition of a Palestinian state if Israel continues to build settlements in the West Bank.
Gheit said an Arab League request to the UN may come next month.
If Israel goes ahead with building settlements, "the Arab League will study some other options such as going to the United Nations and ask for the recognition of the Palestinian state," the foreign minister continued.
Gheit spoke an arrival at a Friends of Democratic Pakistan meeting, which groups two dozen nations and international institutions.