Israeli settlement plans as threat to talks: Jordan

Jordan on Thursday condemned Israel's plans to build over 300 new housing units in annexed east Jerusalem, saying they threaten efforts to jumpstart peace talks with the Palestinians.

Israeli settlement plans as threat to talks: Jordan
"The Israeli plans escalate tension with the Palestinians and threaten efforts to start direct negotiations between the two sides and revive the peace process," State Minister for Information Nasser Judeh said.

Israeli officials said on Tuesday that the country had invited bids for the housing units in east Jerusalem, the first settlement expansion since peace talks with the Palestinians were revived.

Judeh demanded the "immediate halt of settlement activities."

"Israel violates international law and UN resolutions, which consider the West Bank and east Jerusalem as occupied territories," he told state-run Petra news agency.

Palestinians want to make east Jerusalem the capital of their promised future state.

Israel and the Palestinians are expected to begin talks on December 12 on core issues such as the status of Jerusalem, the borders of a future Palestinian state and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

"Israel does not honour its commitments to peace and continues to build settlements, obstructing any serious progress in the peace process, following the positive outcome of the international peace meeting in Annapolis in the United States," Judeh said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Aralık 2007, 11:20