UN says Israel's new housing plans are illegal

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) participates in a joint press conference with the Middle East Quartet (file)

The United Nations and its partners for peace in the Middle East, otherwise known as the Quartet, have expressed grave concern over Israel's plans to build new housing units in Ariel and East Jerusalem.

In addition to the UN, the Quartet is comprised of the European Union, Russia and the United States.

The Quartet called the action contrary to international law.

It warned both Israel and the Palestinians that unilateral action by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not be recognized by the international community.

Jerusalem in particular is one of the core issues that must be resolved through negotiations between the parties. Both Israel and the Palestinians regard the city as their own and both want to make it their capital.

This comes at a critical juncture, with Quartet efforts ongoing to resume negotiations.

The group underscored the urgent need for Israelis and Palestinians to resume serious and substantive talks to resolve the conflict.

UN condemns Israel's housing plans in occupied Palestinian territory

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