UK Minister Regrets Israeli Authorities’ Settlement Plans

LONDON, October 31, 2013 (WAFA) – Minister for the Middle East Hugh Robertson said that the UK” regrets the recent decisions taken by the Israeli authorities to advance a number of settlement plans in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” Thursday said a press release issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

“The UK has consistently condemned settlements, which are illegal under international law, undermine trust and threaten the viability of the two-state solution,” Said Robertson.

He added, “We urge both sides to take further positive measures to build trust and avoid steps that undermine the prospects for peace.”

“The UK continues to support efforts between the Israelis and the Palestinians to secure a real and lasting peace. Bold leadership will be needed along the road to peace, and in this context I warmly welcome the difficult and courageous decision taken by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Government on Sunday to release 26 Palestinian prisoners,” he concluded.