Clinton: Gilo construction move counter-productive to peace

By REUTERS
September 28, 2011 01:44

 
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WASHINGTON - The Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee's decision to build 1,100 settlement homes in Gilo is counter-productive to reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday.

"We believe that this morning's announcement by the government of Israel approving the construction of (1,100) housing units in east Jerusalem is counter-productive to our efforts to resume direct negotiations between the parties," Clinton told reporters at a news conference.

"As you know, we have long urged both sides to avoid any kind of action which could undermine trust, including, and perhaps most particularly, in Jerusalem, any action that could be viewed as provocative by either side," she added.

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