Quartet Representative: Statements on Israeli Settlement Construction
Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 in Office of the Quartet Representative
Commenting on recent Israeli decisions to accelerate plans to construct new housing units in E1 and East Jerusalem, Quartet Representative Tony Blair said that he agreed fully with the statements expressed by the US State Department and the E4 countries on recent Israeli settlement announcements. “The problem is not only the building of such settlements itself but also that this is a moment when it is vital to re-start a proper negotiation and all such announcements do is to put new obstacles in the way of progress and undermine the prospects for a negotiated peace leading to a viable Palestinian state living side by side with a safe and secure Israel. All parties should refrain from unilateral actions that harm efforts to achieve peace." Mr. Blair explained.