14 October 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Deeply Concerned at Efforts to Advance Planning for New Israeli

Settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem; Reiterates Such Activity ‘Must Cease’

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at continued efforts to advance planning for new Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem.  Recent developments in this regard have been unacceptable, particularly as efforts are ongoing to resume negotiations, and run contrary to the Quartet’s call on the parties to refrain from provocations.  The Secretary-General reiterates that settlement activity in East Jerusalem and the remainder of the West Bank is contrary to international law and to Israel’s obligations under the Road Map, and must cease.  He further reiterates that the international community will not recognize unilateral actions on the ground and that the status of Jerusalem can only be resolved through negotiations.

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