Ashton Calls on Israel to Reverse Decision to Appropriate West Bank Land

Hanan Ashrawi

BRUSSELS, September 2, 2014 (WAFA) – Spokesperson of the EU’s High Representative Catherine Ashton, in a statement Monday, condemned the new Israeli government’s decision, announced on Sunday, to appropriate Wes Bank land for the benefit of further settlement expansion, calling on Israel to reverse its decision.

“Settlements are illegal under international law, constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to render the two-State solution impossible,” stressed the statement.

“The EU reiterates that it will not recognize any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties,” said Ashton.

“At this delicate moment, any action that might undermine stability and the prospect of constructive negotiations following the ceasefire in Gaza should be avoided,” she said.

“We call on the Israeli authorities to reverse this decision and to engage in good faith towards a lasting peace based on a two-state solution,’ concluded the statement.


Source: WAFA