Security Council experts have begun examining the Palestinian application for United Nations membership.
Diplomats said the admissions committee experts from all 15 council nations met behind closed doors Friday to discuss how to proceed with the application and plan to meet again next week, probably Thursday.
The United States says it will veto a Security Council resolution recommending Palestinian membership to the General Assembly, which must give final approval.
While the council is considering the Palestinian bid to become the 194th U.N. member state, Mideast negotiators are seeking ways to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.
Envoys from the so-called Quartet _ the U.S., U.N., European Union and Russia _ are scheduled to meet Sunday in Brussels.