'Israeli settlements in Territories are illegal' - EU

'Obstacle to peace, two-States under international law'

09 January, 11:06

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JANUARY 9 - The EU ''reiterates that all settlements in occupied Palestinian territory are illegal according to international law and represent a grave obstacle to reaching a two-State solution and just, long-lasting and global peace, as stressed by a UN resolution'', the European External Action Service said Thursday. It recalled that on January 5-6 ''Israeli authorities approved the construction of nearly 2,000 housing units in the illegal settlements of the occupied West Bank''.

    ''Israel must fully abide by international law'', it continued. ''We ask the Israeli government to fully comply with international legislation, to end all settlement activities on occupied or contested lands and connected actions'', according to the statement. ''Settlers' violence on Palestinian civilians and their property needs to be stopped and prevented. The European Union moreover stressed that it will not recognize any change to borders prior to 1967, also concerning Jerusalem, different to the ones agreed by both sides''. The European Union will continue to ''support the resumption of a meaningful process towards a two-State solution, the only realistic and feasible way to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of both populations''. (ANSAmed)
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