EU condemns demolition of Shepherd Hotel in e. J'lem

January 9, 2011 21:32

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Sunday condemned the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah in east Jerusalem, claiming that it is a "Palestinian symbol," reported AFP.

"I strongly condemn this morning's demolition of the Shepherd Hotel and the planned construction of a new illegal settlement. I reiterate that settlements are illegal under international law, undermine trust between the parties and constitute an obstacle to peace," said Ashton in an official statement."We recall that East Jerusalem is part of occupied Palestinian territory; the EU does not recognize the annexation by Israel," she added.

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