Ashton says Gilo construction approval should be reversed

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 27, 2011 22:08

The European Union's Minister of Foreign affairs Catherine Ashton condemned on Tuesday Israel's initial approval for construction in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo.

Ashton called the decision to build 1,100 was precisely the "provocative action" that the Quartet had called on both Israelis and Palestinian to resist implementing.

"It is with deep regret that I learned today about the decision to advance in the plans for settlement expansion in east Jerusalem," Ashton said in a statement.

Ashton said the plan should be reversed, adding that "settlement activity" threatens the viability of a two-state solution.


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