UN and EU blame Israel for breakdown of peace talks

Ban Ki-moon and Catherine Ashton criticize Netanyahu gov't for not "heeding the call of the int'l community" to extend settlement freeze.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 10, 2010 02:36
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to media

Ban Ki-moon speaking 311 AP. (photo credit: Associated Press)

The United Nations and the European Union on Thursday rebuked the Netanyahu government after its refusal to halt settlement construction forced Washington to drop efforts to relaunch Mideast peace talks.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak met Thursday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York and told reporters he had sought UN help in restarting the talks.

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"I note with regret that Israel has not been in a position to accept an extension of the (settlement) moratorium, as requested by the US, the EU and the Quartet," Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, said Thursday.

"The EU position on settlements is clear: They are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace. Recent settlement-related developments, including in east Jerusalem, contradict efforts by the international community for successful negotiations," she said.

Israeli officials declined to comment on the international criticism.


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