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United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)
29 July 2010
Statement by Robert H. Serry, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, on Developments in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, 29 July 2010
I deplore today's unacceptable action by armed Israeli settlers who forcibly took over a building, which is home to nine Palestinian families, in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. I call on the Israeli authorities to remove the settlers from the property and restore the status quo ante.
Moreover, yesterday, the Israeli authorities destroyed a number of Palestinian commercial structures on the outskirts of East Jerusalem.
These provocative acts come at a critical time in the international community’s efforts to move the peace process forward. I call on the Government of Israel to heed the Quartet’s call to refrain from provocative actions in East Jerusalem, including house demolitions and evictions.