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European Union (EU)
28 October 2009
Presidency Statement on evictions and house demolitions in East Jerusalem
The Presidency of the European Union is deeply concerned about increasing tensions in East Jerusalem. We continue to urge all parties to refrain from any provocative actions that could further inflame tensions or lead to violence.
In that context, the Presidency is particularly concerned about the recent demolitions of the homes of Palestinian families. The Presidency calls for an immediate and unconditional halt to such actions.
The Presidency recalls that house demolitions, evictions and settlement actions in East Jerusalem are illegal under international law. Such activities also prejudge the outcome of final status negotiations and threaten the viability of a two-state solution. The actions taken by the Israeli Government contravene repeated calls by the international community, including the Quartet, and run counter to the creation of an atmosphere conducive to achieving a viable and credible solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.