New U.N. Council No More Favorable to Palestinians – Reuters

By Patrick Worsnip

NEW YORK | Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:46pm EST

(Reuters) – Security Council dynamics are no more favorable now to a Palestinian U.N. membership bid than they were last year despite a partial change in the council makeup, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said on Monday.

In the teeth of strong opposition from the United States and Israel, the Palestinian Authority applied to the council last September for U.N. membership. But a committee to consider the application failed to reach consensus, and the Palestinians have not so far requested a formal vote in the council.