Ashton ‘concerned’ About Israeli Decision on Settlements

BRUSSELS, April 26, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton expressed concern about an Israeli decision to legalize three West Bank settlements, a statement issued Wednesday by her office said.

Ashton was among several international policy makers who have condemned the Israeli government decision to keep the three outposts – Sansana, Rechelim and Bruchin – built in the occupied Palestinian territory without government approval instead of dismantling them as called for by the Quartet that includes the EU in addition to the United States, Russia and the United Nations.

“I am 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,” said Ashton. “I call upon them to reverse this decision.”

The EU has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity, said the statement, adding that “settlements are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and threaten the viability of a two-state solution.”

Ashton said that “such measures run counter to the spirit of the Quartet Statement of 11 April 2012, which expressed concern about unilateral and provocative actions, including continued settlement activity.”

Source: WAFA News