EU regrets Israeli refusal to freeze settlements
AFP, Wednesday 8 Dec 2010


The European Union regrets Israel's refusal to freeze the construction of settlements in the West Bank which are illegal and "an obstacle to peace," an EU spokeswoman said Wednesday.

"We note with regret that the Israelis have not been in a position to accept an extension of the moratorium as requested by the EU, the US and the (Middle East diplomatic) Quartet," said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.

"Our views on settlements are clear: they are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace," she said.

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