UN denounces Israel's new settlements on occupied Palestinian land

World Court ruled Jewish settlements were illegal on occupied Palestinian territories according to international law.

UN denounces Israel's new settlements on occupied Palestinian land

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday denounced Israel's plans to build new Jewish settlements in the occupied territories as "contrary to international law."

World Court ruled Jewish settlements were illegal on occupied Palestinian territories according to international law.

Ban noted with concern an Israeli decision last week to approve further construction in settlements in the occupied territory, a statement issued by his office said.

"Such actions and all settlement activity are contrary to international law and the roadmap," it said, referring to the international plan for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ban appealed to Israel to stop all settlement expansion, including so-called "natural growth" and respond positively to efforts to create conditions for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Israel approved on Monday the building of 455 more settler buildings, a move opposed by Washington and by Palestinians.

Palestinians have said they would revive stalled peace talks with Israel if the ongoing settlements stopped.

U.S. President Barack Obama is demanding a complete freeze of all Israeli building on the occupied West Bank, but the Netanyahu government has insisted on ongoing constructions.

Palestinians, who want their own state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, see the settlements as a land grab as an occupier "state".

Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2009, 16:36
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