UN Chief: Israel Violating International Law

NEW YORK, June 15, 2013 (WAFA) – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday accused Israel of violating international law with its settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In a statement from his spokesperson, Ban said he “is deeply concerned by the continuing expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank in violation of international law.”

“He is particularly troubled by reports that planning for hundreds of housing units in the settlement of Itamar, deep into the West Bank, has advanced to the next stage, as is also the case in the outpost of Bruchin,” the spokesperson said.

These latest reports follow other recent announcements of expansion in Beit El, near Ramallah.

“The Secretary-General also remains concerned about reported plans for around 1,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem and steps to authorize four illegal settlement outposts deep in the West Bank,” according to the statement.

These developments are “unhelpful decisions that undermine progress towards the two-state solution,” said Ban through his spokesperson, adding that “they constitute a deeply worrisome trend at a moment of ongoing efforts to re-launch peace negotiations.”

Source: WAFA News