Jordan: Israeli Settlements Illegal

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh says Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the Palestinian occupied territories should be completely frozen.

"Settlement activities should be completely stopped in the occupied Palestinian territories as well as all unilateral Israeli measures," Judeh told UN special coordinator for the Middle East talks, Robert Serry, on Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

He said that the demographic and geographic changes occurring in the occupied Palestinian territories resulting from the construction of illegal settlement activities are the main cause of the long-frozen talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Judeh said the unilateral Israeli measures in the occupied West Bank and illegally annexed East al-Quds (Jerusalem) are illegal.

These measures have destroyed the two-state solution as they divide the Palestinian territories and make them geographically unconnected, Judeh pointed out.

The Jordanian foreign minister stressed that the international community must adopt stringent measures and pressure Israel to move the realization of the two-state solution.

Serry said the United Nations appreciates Jordan’s efforts to reach a proper solution to the lingering talks.

Direct talks between the Palestinian Authority and Tel Aviv broke down after Israel refused to extend a partial moratorium on its settlement activities on occupied Palestinian land after it ended in late September.

(Press TV)

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