Ashton calls on Israel to reverse latest settlements decision

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said yesterday she was "extremely concerned about the decision of the Israeli Authorities regarding the status of the settlements of Sansana, Rechelim and Bruchin in the occupied Palestinian territory", calling on the authorities to reverse the decision.
"The EU has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity," the High Representative for Foreign Affairs said in a statement. "Settlements are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and threaten the viability of a two-state solution."
Ashton said such measures ran counter to the spirit of the Quartet Statement of 11 April, "which expressed concern about unilateral and provocative actions, including continued settlement activity." (ENPI Info Centre)
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