Ban Ki-moon: Int'l concern on settlements not being heeded

January 10, 2011 21:01

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday criticized the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in east Jerusalem on Sunday, saying it "only serves to heighten tensions."

The statement released by the spokesperson of the secretary-general said: "It is deeply regrettable that growing international concern at unilateral expansion of illegal Israeli settlements is not being heeded. Such actions seriously prejudice the possibility of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Secretary-General once again calls on the Government of Israel to take whatever steps are necessary to freeze settlement activity anywhere in occupied territory."

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