BRUSSELS (Dispatches) – European countries have condemned the Zionist regime’s plan to build thousands of more illegal settlement units in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, a joint statement announced.
"The expansion of settlements violates international law and further imperils the viability… to bring about a just and lasting peace to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” revealed the statement signed by the foreign ministers of Germany, France, UK, Italy and Spain.
"As we have emphasized directly with Israel, this step furthermore undermines efforts to rebuild trust between the parties with a view to resuming dialogue,” the statement added.
They called for: "An immediate halt to settlement construction, as well as to evictions and demolitions of Palestinian structures in East-Jerusalem (al-Quds) and the West Bank.”
Meanwhile, Arab League (AL) Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in a statement condemned resuming the establishment of new units in illegal settlements by the Zionist regime.
Aboul-Gheit opposed the approval of the occupying regime to build more than 2,000 new settlement units.
He added that the resumption of the settlement works contradicts the claims of the current Zionist administration of seeking "to promote peace and security in the region.”
The chairman of the pan-Arab body has called on the international community to bear its responsibilities against the attempts by the occupying regime to build more settler homes.
The Zionist regime approved 2,166 new homes in settlements in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, for the first time since it halted its West Bank annexation plan.