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EU: Israel's Jerusalem policy threatens peace

Dec. 7, 2010 6:15 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 8, 2010 8:12 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel's policies in occupied east Jerusalem are harming the prospect of the Palestinians having their future capital there, which "seriously endangers" a two-state solution, the EU said on Tuesday.

"If current trends are not stopped as a matter of urgency, the prospect of east Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state becomes increasingly unlikely and unworkable," warns an annual EU report seen by AFP.

"This in turn seriously endangers the chances of a sustainable peace on the basis of two states, with Jerusalem as their future capital."

The study, entitled Jerusalem Report 2010, was put together by the EU heads of mission based in the city as well as in the West Bank city of Ramallah and contains EU policy recommendations.

Israel occupied and annexed East Jerusalem in 1967 and considers it its "eternal indivisible capital," in a move never recognized by the international community.

The future of East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as the capital of their promised state, is one of the most sensitive issues of the Middle East peace talks, which have been deadlocked since the end of September in a row over settlement building.
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