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Palestinians to make UN member bid

The Palestinians will submit a bid for full United Nations (UN) membership at the Security Council on September 23, their top diplomat has said.

The bid will be submitted next Friday, Riad al-Malki told reporters in the West Bank capital of Ramallah.

His remarks appear to end the speculation over whether the Palestinians would risk a threatened US veto of their statehood bid.

The other option was to seek a lesser status as a non-member observer from the UN General Assembly, where the United States does not wield veto power.

Israel has warned of harsh consequences if the move goes ahead.

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