UK Expresses Concern over Settlements, Encourages Resumption of Peace Talks

JERUSALEM, August 13, 2013 (WAFA) – UK Tuesday expressed concern over the progression of settlement activities in the West Bank and encouraged the resumption of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis.

Commenting on recent developments in Israel and Palestine, an FCO spokesperson said: “We are concerned by the decision taken by Israeli authorities on Sunday to advance plans for almost 1200 settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.”

In the press release, the spokesperson quoted Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt saying on Friday, that “Such steps do not help efforts towards a negotiated two-state solution.”

FCO spokesperson said that “the focus now must be the resumption of negotiations on 14 August, as part of efforts to bring about a lasting peace.”

The UK urged Palestinians and Israelis to avoid any possible actions that might weaken peace efforts and to adopt measures to build trust.

It welcomed Israel’s decision taken on Sunday to release 26 Palestinian prisoners in advance of talks.

According to the spokesperson, “the UK will continue to do all it can to support Israel, the Palestinians and the United States to achieve a two-state solution and lasting peace for the Israeli and Palestinian people.”

source: WAFA NEWS