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Report: Denmark set to label settlement produce

May 18, 2012 8:25 P.M. (Updated: May 20, 2012 10:07 P.M.)
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (Ma'an) -- Denmark is set to introduce a labeling system to denote products made in Israeli settlements, Danish media said Friday.

"This is a move that will clearly show consumers that this produce has been produced under conditions that not only the Danish government, but also the European governments have rejected," Danish Foreign Minister Villy Sovndal was quoted as saying by Danish online news-site Politken.

"Then it is up to consumers whether they are prepared to buy the produce," he added.

The Danish FM said that stricter controls and labeling of settlement produce should be seen as part of the European Union's support for a two state solution.

Enforcing controls on settlement produce also shows the Palestinians that the world is against illegal settlement building.

The move targets illegal settlements and not Israel, the Danish FM added.

In April, the Co-operative group, one of the United Kingdom's largest food retailers, decided to boycott four companies that export products from Israeli settlements.

In early 2010, PA prime minister Salam Fayyad launched the National Dignity Fund, which aimed to increase the availability of Palestinian produce in West Bank markets and end the sale of produce from illegal settlements.

As part of the campaign, the PA distributed a pamphlet detailing well-known brand names, furnishing companies, farms, dairy produce, water, wine, household fixtures, toys as well as plastics and surgical equipment manufactured in illegal West Bank settlements.
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