EU deplores Israel's plans to expand settlement

The European Union on Monday deplored Israel's plans to build some 400 new homes in the Givat Ze'ev settlement as a threat to peace efforts. Javier Solana, the EU's foreign and security affairs chief, said the bloc remained committed to supporting the peace process despite recent violence casting a shadow over the peace effort launched in at the Annapolis summit. "The position of the European Union is to continue to do the utmost to move the peace process forward," Solana said after discussing the Middle East with the EU foreign ministers. But he said "we deplore" Israel's announcement of the construction of new homes in east Jerusalem. "That may put in jeopardy the peace process."