PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BID

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STORY: PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD BIDDATELINE: Oct. 1, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:45LOCATION: RamallahVOThe Palestinian leadership says it will step up efforts in the coming days to press ahead with its request to win statehood recognition from the United Nations. A senior Palestinian official told CNC on Saturday that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will start an international tour in the following week to garner more support for the bid. The Palestinian leader submitted the application to the UN one week ago while attending the annual debate of the General Assembly. The bid must be approved by the Security Council before advancing to a final approval in the General Assembly.The 15-member council decided to transfer the request to a membership committee during a brief meeting on Wednesday. The council president for September Nawaf Salam said the admissions committee will meet next week at the expert level on whether to approve it. Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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