EU calls on Israel to end illegal settlement activity

BRUSSELS, The European Union Tuesday said it will continue to monitor the situation regarding the illegal expansion of Israeli settlements closely, “including any steps towards possible annexation, and act accordingly.” A statement by Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, tonight noted that the Israeli government approved a proposal on Sunday to establish a new settlement, Mevo’ot Yeriho, currently an outpost in the Jordan Valley.

She reiterated the European Union position that all settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law.

The EU called on Israel to end all settlement activity and to dismantle the outposts erected since March 2001, in line with prior obligations.

This Israeli decision follows recent announcements about the possible annexation of the Jordan Valley and the northern Dead Sea area.

“Such steps would, if implemented, constitute a serious breach of international law, challenge the viability of the two-state solution and threaten regional stability and the prospects for sustainable peace,” stressed the statement.

The EU will not recognise any changes to the pre-1967 borders, including with regard to Jerusalem, other than those agreed by the parties, it clarified.

Source: Kuwait News Agency