EU Demands Immediate Halt to Israeli Settlement Activities

BRUSSELS, June 1, 2013 (WAFA) – The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton Friday called on Israel to bring to a total halt all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, which she said threaten the two-state solution.

Ashton reiterated in a statement on renewed plans for Israeli settlements in and around East Jerusalem the long-standing EU position on settlements.

“Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible,” said Ashton. “The EU has repeatedly urged the Government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, in line with its obligations under the Roadmap.”

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

Ashton said that while the EU “has consistently maintained that negotiations remain the best way forward for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” it reiterates that “unilateral action by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community.”

Source: WAFA News