Thursday, December 09, 2010

UN: Israel Obliged to Freeze Settlement

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has declared in a statement that Israel is obliged to freeze its settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The UN chief regrets that Tel Aviv has refused to extend its ten-month moratorium on illegal settlement construction in the West Bank that expired on September 26, a statement issued by Ban's spokesman said Wednesday.

The spokesman urged Tel Aviv to renew its freeze on settlement construction in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem), framing it as an obligation that Israel is avoiding.

Israel must “fulfill its Roadmap obligation” to freeze all settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East al-Quds, the statement said.'


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