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Ban Ki-Moon calls on Israel to freeze settlements in the West Bank

July 25, 2008 10:17 A.M. (Updated: July 25, 2008 10:17 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, on Friday called on Israel to immediately freeze settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

His spokesman said that Ban Ki-Moon was very concerned about the new projects regarding the new Israeli settlements especially in the West Bank, following the decision on Thursday issued by the Israeli government to build 20 homes in the northern Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Only one year ago Israel scrapped a plan to build 180 new houses at the same settlement due to demands made by the US administration. In recent visits to Israel both French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Premier Gordon Brown, have called for an immediate freezing of all settlement expansion in the West Bank.
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