Ramat Shlomo 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski/The Jerusalem Post))
France on Monday criticized the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Council of Jerusalem's decision on Sunday to expand some 2,000 homes in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of the city, which is over the Green Line.
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"Our position is constant: settlement building is illegal in the eyes of international law, in the West Bank as well as in east Jerusalem," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said, AFP reported.
The spokesman also called on Israel and the Palestinians to "resume
negotiations based on principles contained in the French initiative
presented by [French Foreign Minister] Alain Juppe to Mr. [Prime
Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and Mr. [Palestinian Authority President
Mahmoud] Abbas during his recent visit to the Middle East, and to
refrain from unilateral gestures which undermine the trust necessary for
this resumption," according to the report.
France, earlier this month said it was considering a French proposal for
an international peace conference in Paris later this summer. The idea
of the conference was suggested in Jerusalem by visiting French Foreign
Minister Alain Juppé.
Speaking after Netanyahu met with Juppé Thursday, a government sources
said that “the French proposed different ideas, and we are looking at
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, almost immediately
expressed displeasure with the French proposal. Clinton said that "there
is no agreement that the parties will resume negotiations. And I think
the idea of any gathering, a conference or a meeting, has to be linked
to a willingness by the parties to resume negotiating."
Herb Keinon contributed to this report