EU's Ashton condemns Jerusalem construction plans

# 20 December 2012 14:18 (UTC +04:00)

Baku. Anakhanim Hidayetova – APA. The European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has released a statement condemning Israel’s decision to go forward with plans to build thousands of new homes in two Jerusalem neighborhoods, Givat Hamatos and Ramat Shlomo, APA reports quoting AFP.

In Thursday's statement, Ashton reiterated the EU's disapproval of settlement construction and vaguely pledged to take action against such measures.

"The EU has never been clearer than it was on 10 December in voicing its strong opposition to settlement expansion," she said. "The EU particularly opposes the implementation of plans which seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict by jeopardizing the possibility of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state and of Jerusalem as the future capital of two states.

"In the light of its core objective of achieving the two-state solution, the EU will closely monitor the situation and its broader implications, and act accordingly."

She further called on Israel and the Palestinians to resume the peace talks.