EU urges Israel to reverse settler outpost decision (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 04/25/12)
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The European Union called on Israel on Wednesday to reverse its
decision to legalise three settler outposts in occupied Palestinian
"I am extremely concerned about the decision of the Israeli
authorities regarding the status of the settlements of Sansana,
Rechelim and Bruchin in the occupied Palestinian territory," said EU
foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
"I call upon them to reverse this decision," she said in a statement.
An Israeli ministerial committee decided Tuesday to legalise the
status of the three communities, which were established in the 1990s
but did not have Israeli status.
They will join the 120 official settlements across the occupied West
Bank that are home to more than 342,000 people.
"The EU has repeatedly called on Israel to end all settlement
activity. Settlements are illegal under international law, an
obstacle to peace and threaten the viability of a two-state
solution," Ashton said.
The chief EU diplomat said the Israeli decision ran counter to the
spirit of an April 11 statement by the Quartet of Middle East
peacebrokers, the European Union, United States, Russia and United
The Quartet, she recalled, "expressed concern about unilateral and
provocative actions, including continued settlement activity."
The United States also voiced concern about the decision, saying it
was unhelpful to efforts to make peace with the Palestinians.
Washington asked the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
for "clarification." (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse.
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