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Concerned about Israel‘s settlement plans, UN says E1 would sever the West Bank

 

JERUSALEM, Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (WAFA) - United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, today expressed concern over Israeli settlement announcements, saying E1 plan, if implemented, would sever the West Bank in half.

“I am very concerned about Israel’s recent announcements regarding the advancement of settlement construction in Giv’at Hamatos and Har Homa, as well as the worrying plans for 3,500 units in the controversial E1 area of the occupied West Bank," Mladenov in a statement.

"If the E1 plan were to be implemented, it would sever the connection between northern and southern West Bank, significantly undermining the chances for establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian state as part of a negotiated two-state solution," he said, reiterating, "All settlements are illegal under international law and remain a substantial obstacle to peace."

The UN official urged the Israeli authorities "to refrain from such unilateral actions that fuel instability and further erode the prospects for resuming Palestinian-Israeli negotiations on the basis of relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements.”

M.K.

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