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Israel under fire over settlements decision

Jerusalem: United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon and members of the UN Security Council have condemned Israel’s proposed construction of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories as a threat to flagging peace
21 Dec 2012 07:14

Jerusalem: United Nations boss Ban Ki-moon and members of the UN Security Council have condemned Israel’s proposed construction of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories as a threat to flagging peace efforts.
Mr Ban and UN envoys from several European Union countries, Russia and China warned Israel against building thousands of new settler homes in the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.
Israel gave the green light to plans for 2610 homes in East Jerusalem and opened tenders for 1048 units in the West Bank just before the UN meeting.
The UN secretary-general said the Israel-Palestinian peace process was in “deep freeze”, worsened by the settlements approved since the UN General Assembly voted on November 29 to recognise Palestine as a non-member state.
“I call on Israel to refrain from continuing on this dangerous path, which will undermine the prospects for a resumption of dialogue and a peaceful future for Palestinians and Israelis alike,” Mr Ban said.
UN ambassadors from Britain, France, Germany and Portugal highlighted European fears over the peace stalemate and stressed that their governments “strongly opposed” the Israeli construction. – ABC News




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