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European Union (EU)
7 November 2013
Brussels, 07 November 2013
S T A T E M E N T
by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
on the latest Israeli announcement on settlements
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission, issued the following statement today:
"Following the announcement on 3 November by the Israeli authorities about tenders for 1859 settlement units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, I must reiterate the EU's longstanding policy on settlements.
The EU has repeatedly stated that settlements are illegal under international law and that bold and decisive leadership is needed for the current peace negotiations to succeed.
The EU deplores the latest settlement announcement and calls on the Israeli government to reverse its decision. Any actions that could hamper or undermine the on-going negotiations must be avoided."