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UN panel to decide on Palestine issue

world Updated: Sep 30, 2011 00:10 IST

The UN security council has moved the issue of recognising a Palestinian state to a committee which could take weeks to reach a decision.

The move came as US and European efforts to launch fresh peace talks were undermined by Israel’s “provocative” announcement that it will build more than 1,000 more homes in a major Jewish settlement.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, said the UNSC should approve the statehood request because much of the world already recognises Palestine as a country. Meanwhile, Palestinians have secured eight Security Council yes votes for their UN membership bid just one short of the nine they need the Palestinian foreign minister, Riyad al-

Malki, said on Thursday. he had received assurances from two additional nations ­— Nigeria and Gabon — in their support.

The Guardian