EU’s Ashton concerned over Israeli settlement plan

BRUSSELS, August 22, 2012 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Wednesday expressed serious concern over Israeli settlement expansion in East Jerusalem.

A statement by Ashton’s spokesperson said “the High Representative is seriously concerned about the implications of the recent decision by the Israeli authorities to publish a tender for 130 additional housing units in the settlement of Har Homa across the Green Line in East Jerusalem.”

The statement added that Ashton has already expressed her ‘profound disappointment’ concerning the Har Homa plan approved in August 2011.

Ashton reiterated EU policy on settlement describing them as “illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.”

“The EU has repeatedly urged the Government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem,” said the statement.

Source: WAFA News