Israeli settlements undermine prospects for peace talks: UN envoy

Robert Serry

The decision by Israeli authorities to approve the construction of new homes for settlers in East Jerusalem undermines prospects of resuming negotiations to resolve the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

That's the conclusion of the top United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Robert Serry.

Israeli authorities are reported to have approved the construction of over 1,000 homes for settlers in East Jerusalem on Tuesday.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky says Mr. Serry is concerned about the impact this decision may have on the Middle East peace process.

"He said the decision ignores the Quartet's appeal of last Friday to the parties to refrain from provocative actions. This sends the wrong signal at this sensitive time. Mr. Serry added that settlement activity is contrary to the Roadmap and to international law, and undermines the prospect of resuming negotiations and reaching a two state solution to the conflict."

(Duration: 22″)

The so-called Middle East Quartet is made up of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia.

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