EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday condemned recently reported Israeli building projects in Jewish neighborhoods of east Jerusalem – of 1,100 units – that have been in the pipeline for years.

"Settlements are illegal under international law and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible. The EU has repeatedly urged the Government of Israel to immediately end all settlement activities in the West Bank, including in east Jerusalem, in line with its obligations under the Roadmap," a statement from Ashton's office said.

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"Unilateral action by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community," the statement continued.

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