France says concerned by Israel decision to seize West Bank land

March 16, 2016 14:15

PARIS - France's foreign ministry said on Wednesday it was worried by Israel's decision to appropriate large tracts of land in the West Bank, calling it a violation of international law and contradicting a two-state solution.

"France is extremely concerned by the decision of Israeli authorities to appropriate for Israeli settlements ... territory in the West Bank," Foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said in a daily briefing.

"Settlements constitute a violation of international law and contradict commitments made by Israeli authorities in favor of a two-state solution."

Paris has been lobbying for an international peace conference before May that would outline incentives and give guarantees for Israelis and Palestinians to resume face-to-face talks before August and try to end the decades-long conflict.

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