London, (UNA-OIC) – Europe’s leading powers on Friday condemned Israel’s decision to approve thousands of housing units in the illegal settlements of the occupied Palestinian territories, calling it a “counterproductive” move that undermines regional peace efforts.
“The expansion of settlements violates international law and further imperils the viability of a two-state solution to bring about a just and lasting peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said a joint statement by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Spain.
“We call for the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2334 with all its provisions. We emphasize that we will not recognize any changes to the 4 June 1967 lines, including with regards to Jerusalem, unless agreed to between the parties. The suspension of plans to annex parts of Occupied Palestinian Territories must become permanent.”