EU 'extremely concerned' over legalization of 3 outposts

The European Union on Wednesday stated that it is "extremely concerned" about a government panel's Monday decision to recognize three West Bank outposts as legal settlements, calling upon Israeli authorities to backtrack.
The EU statement is the latest in an international chorus of condemnations against the Israeli decision, as the US, UN, PA, France and Jordan have all slammed the move.
A statement by the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton stated that "settlements are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and threaten the viability of a two-state solution."
"I am extremely concerned about the decision... in the occupied Palestinian territory. I call upon (Israeli authorities) to reverse this decision," Ashton said.
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