Quartet Representative Tony Blair on Thursday affirmed his support for recent US and European criticism of Israeli construction plans.
Blair's comments followed EU and US condemnation of the Israeli government’s approval of an additional 2610 housing units in the settlement of Givat Hamatos on Tuesday, in addition to announcements made at the end of November and Monday’s approval of 1500 units in Ramat Shlomo.
“The problem is not only the building of such settlements itself but also that this is a moment when it is vital to re-start a proper negotiation and all such announcements do is to put new obstacles in the way of progress and undermine the prospects for a negotiated peace leading to a viable Palestinian state living side by side with a safe and secure Israel," Blair said in a statement.
"All parties should refrain from unilateral actions that harm efforts to achieve peace," he added.
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