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Minister Flanagan condemns announcement of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem

Human rights, International Law, Minister Charles Flanagan, Press Releases, Middle East and North Africa, 2014

Minister Flanagan condemns announcement of further settlement construction in East Jerusalem

 

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, TD, has condemned the Israeli Government’s announcement that it intends to construct 1,060 new housing units in East Jerusalem, as well as twelve new roads in the West Bank.

 

“I am gravely concerned at and condemn this latest announcement of new settlement construction. It comes at a time of heightened tensions in Jerusalem, following acts of violence last week and increasingly aggressive attempts by the settler community to encroach upon the long-standing arrangements governing the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City.

 

“This intention to proceed with new settlements in that part of Jerusalem which Palestinians rightly hope will eventually serve as the capital of their state calls into question the commitment of the Israeli government to engage in meaningful negotiations aimed at achieving a two-State solution.

 

“It is incumbent upon Israel to desist from the policy of expansion of settlements.  These are illegal and unacceptable and their planning and construction does little to reduce the conflict. I urge the Israeli Government to reverse this decision and to work with the international community in seeking to revive substantive negotiations aimed at achieving the two-State solution which offers the only realistic prospect for peace between Israeli and Palestinian people.” 

 

ENDS

 

Press Office

28 October 2014