'Israel's new housing units decision violates int'l law'
October 18, 2010 19:30
UN slams refusal to extend W.Bank settlement freeze; UN representative says "we have brief, crucial window to overcome current impasse."
UN Security Council 311.
Taranco, assistant UN secretary general for political affairs on Monday
criticized Israel by highlighting international opposition to Israel's
refusal to extend the West Bank settlement moratorium.
Israel's decision to allow construction of 238 new housing units violated international law, said Taranco.
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Taranco told the UN Security Council that "We have a brief and crucial window to overcome the current impasse."
UN secretary general continues to believe that, if the door to peace
closes, it will be very hard to reopen," Tranaco continued.
"Intensive diplomatic efforts led by the United States and supported by all members of the Quartet are ongoing to create conditions conducive to the continuation of negotiations," he said.
Tranco also highlighted that "The Quartet envoys have been in regular
contact and principals are discussing a proposal to meet soon to review
"There is no alternative to a negotiated settlement resulting in the
creation of an independent and viable State of Palestine living
side-by-side with the State of Israel in peace and security," he added.
The Quartet -- the United States, Russia, European Union and United
Nations -- has been leading diplomatic efforts to reach a Middle East
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