UN Security Council to Hold Debate on Palestinian Statehood Bid in July

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The United Nations Security Council will discuss the prospect of Palestine becoming a UN member state in July, Security Council President Peter Wittig said Tuesday. The Arab League said that it would ask the UN at the General Assembly in September to grant membership to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem as its capital. An open debate has been scheduled for 26th July on the Middle East, according to the Security Council’s provisional calendar. “I think (that) will be an occasion to explore the various options that might exist on the Palestinian side,” Wittig said.