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European Union (EU)
25 April 2012
Statement by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton
on the decision of the Israeli Authorities regarding the status
of the settlements of Sansana, Rechelim and Bruchin
in the occupied Palestinian territory
Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, issued the following statement today: "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. I call upon them to reverse this decision.
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. Such measures run counter to the spirit of the Quartet Statement of 11 April 2012, which expressed concern about unilateral and provocative actions, including continued settlement activity."