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US, France not happy with Israeli settlement expansion

July 26, 2008 9:37 A.M. (Updated: July 26, 2008 9:37 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - A U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday that the expansion of Israeli settlement Miskot in the northern Jordan Valley will not "create a positive atmosphere."

France, which is currently heading the European Commission, also expressed deep regrets at the Israeli decision to continue the settlement construction.

The settlement expansion will see the construction of 20 new homes in an area that has been used as a military post and site of a religious school, but not a residential area.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet with the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian negotiator Ahmed Qurei' next Wednesday.

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