Ban Disappointed At Israel's Approval Of More Settlements
Ban Disappointed At Israel's Approval Of More Settlements In East Jerusalem
New York, Aug 6 2011 5:10PM
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced his deep disappointment at the recent approval by the Israeli Government of plans for more than 900 housing units in East Jerusalem.
"He reiterates that settlement activity in
the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is contrary to
international law, and he is concerned by provocative
actions on the ground," Mr. Ban's spokesperson said in a
It was Israel's refusal last September to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory that prompted the Palestinians to withdraw from direct talks with the Israelis.
Despite repeated calls by the international community to resume negotiations, the peace process has been in a deadlock since then.
"The Secretary-General supports ongoing efforts to
find a way to resume peace talks, and underlines
that creating an environment that is conducive to progress is vital," the statement added.
Aug 6 2011 5:10PM