Sec. Council to take up Palestinian bid Wednesday

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council president says the powerful body has decided it will meet on Wednesday to formally consider the Palestinian request for membership in the world body.

Council President Nawaf Salam made a brief appearance before reporters Monday and issued a brief statement in English and Arabic. He said the council had met Monday afternoon and decided to take up a decision on referring the issue for further consideration two days hence.

He gave no other details of the Security Council sesssion.

Salam, of Lebanon, holds this month's rotating presidency of the Security Council.