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U.S. says it would veto potential Palestinian state bid at UN

WASHINGTON — The United States said Thursday it will veto a bid for UN recognition of a Palestinian state if it comes to a vote before the UN Security Council.

Courtesy of: the National Post: http://news.nationalpost.com

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said U.S. opposition to such a move by the Palestinians “should not come as a shock.”

“So yes, if something comes to a vote in the UN security council, the U.S. will veto,” she said.

In Ramallah, the Palestinian leadership confirmed on Thursday that it intends to make a formal request that the United Nations accept the state of Palestine as a member.

Nuland said it was still uncertain whether the Palestinian request would come to a vote and said the United States believes “the best route forward is to come back to the negotiating table.”

U.S. State Department officials are to meet on Friday with a Palestinian delegation, the department said separately.