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EU Presidency "deeply concerned" about Israeli plans settlement expansion

Aug. 11, 2008 5:59 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 11, 2008 5:59 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - The French-controlled presidency of the European Union is "deeply concerned" by Israel's decision to build more housing in illegal settlements in Jerusalem and the larger West Bank.

In a statement issued on Monday the EU Presidency said that the peace process would be undermined by " the construction of 400 housing units in the Neve Yaakov settlement and to invite tenders on 286 and 130 housing units in the Beitar Illit and Har Homa settlements. "

"This decision serves to undermine the credibility of the ongoing peace process," the statement added.

"The Presidency of the Council of the European Union recalls that the construction of settlements anywhere in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jerusalem, is illegal under international law. Settlement activities prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations and compromise the viability of a concerted two-state solution," the document continued.

The EU Presidency urged Israel to freeze all settlement activity, including so-called "natural growth," and dismantle outposts erected since 2001.

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