UK's Hague: Israeli building plans 'serious provocation'

December 18, 2012 22:57

British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday called the Israeli decision to approve thousands of new east Jerusalem apartments "a serious provocation and an obstacle to peace."

"If implemented, it would make a negotiated two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital, very difficult to achieve," he said.

"We urge Israel to reverse this decision and take no further steps aimed at expanding or entrenching settlement activity."

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