Tuesday, September 27, 2011

UN envoy says settlement plans send 'wrong signal'

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The United Nations envoy in Jerusalem said Tuesday that Israel's approval of new construction plans in occupied Jerusalem sent the "wrong signal" amid efforts to restart peace talks.

Robert Serry said the approval of the new settlement units in East Jerusalem "is very concerning, and ignores the Quartet’s appeal of last Friday to the parties to refrain from provocative actions.

"This sends the wrong signal at this sensitive time," Serry said in a statement.

"Settlement activity is contrary to the Roadmap and to international law, and undermines the prospect of resuming negotiations and reaching a two state solution to the conflict."

Maan News Agency