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US seeks to slow UN action on Palestinian statehood, wants time for peace talks to resume
NEW YORK (AP) ' The Obama administration is pressing other members of the U.N. Security Council to take their time in considering the Palestinians' bid for statehood. The U.S. hopes that going slow may allow Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume without a confrontation at the world body.
U.S. officials said Monday they were telling fellow members that there's no rush to act on the bid submitted Friday, over U.S. and Israeli objections. The U.S. is also asking for cooperation from other members in persuading the Palestinians not to push for a quick vote.
The U.S. has vowed to veto the bid if it comes to that. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to describe confidential diplomacy.
The Security Council will meet on Wednesday to consider the Palestinian request for U.N. membership.