OIC,US, EU slam Israeli demolition, new settlements

In Jeddah, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference called the demolition a "flagrant violation of international law."

OIC,US, EU slam Israeli demolition, new settlements

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slammed Israel for the demolition of a historic hotel in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem to build new settlements, saying that the move undermines U.S. efforts to restart stalled peace talks.

"We are very concerned about the initiation of demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in east Jerusalem," US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after arriving in Abu Dhabi for talks on the stalled peace process.

"This disturbing development undermines peace efforts to achieve the two state-solution," she said in a statement.

"In particular, this move contradicts the logic of a reasonable and necessary agreement between the parties on the status of Jerusalem," she said.

"We believe that through good faith negotiations, the parties should mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world."

The Palestinians regard east Jerusalem as the capital of their promised state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempts to judaise occupied city.

The European Union also joined in the condemnation.

"I reiterate that settlements are illegal under international law, undermine trust between the parties and constitute an obstacle to peace," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.

In Jeddah, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference called the demolition a "flagrant violation of international law."

Final approval for construction of the east Jerusalem apartments came in March, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks in Washington. The announcement drew international criticism, but Netanyahu ignored the remarks.

Though east Jerusalem is largely Palestinian, an increasing number of hardline Israeli settlers have moved into the area's neighbourhoods, sparking fights with Arab residents.

Earlier Sunday, Israel knocked down the Shepherd Hotel, built in the 1930s as the residence of the mufti of Jerusalem at the time, Haj Amin Husseini.


Agencies


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