Ashton criticizes Israeli settlement in OJ

[ 06/04/2011 – 06:48 PM ]

BRUSSLES, (PIC)– Catherine Ashton, the high representative for foreign affairs and security in the European Union, said that the Israeli settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian land is illegal.

She said in a statement on Wednesday that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem were illegal according to the international law.

Ashton said she was extremely disappointed at the Israeli approval of building 942 new housing units in Gilo settlement in occupied Jerusalem.

She said that the future Israeli plans in occupied Jerusalem would entail more harm to the already fragile political environment.

Such steps ran contrary to efforts aimed at reaching a peaceful solution that would maintain the security of Israel and the right of Palestinians to establish their state, the EU official said.

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