Monday 08 March 2021

EU calls on Israel to end illegal settlement activity in West Bank

The EU on Sunday called on Israel to “end all settlement activity,” in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu Agency reported.

“Israel's latest decision to advance plans for the approval and construction of almost 800 new settlement units in the West Bank, is contrary to international law and further undermines the prospects of a viable two-state solution”, said a statement issued by the European Commission’s spokesperson on foreign affairs.


The statement urged Israeli authorities to suspend the bidding process for the construction of new housing units for an entirely new settlement in Givat Hamatos.


It said these moves undermined “the positive developments of normalisation agreements between Israel and a number of Arab States”.


The EU does not recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the territories it has occupied since 1967 and has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement activity and to dismantle the already existing ones since 2001.

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