JERUSALEM, – British Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood expressed his concern over Israel’s recent decision to advance plans for some 770 housing units in the settlement of Gilo, built on occupied Palestinian land in East Jerusalem, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in a press release issued Wednesday.
“The UK is concerned to see plans for 770 settlement units between Jerusalem and Bethlehem progressing,” said the release.
He reiterated that all settlement activity is illegal under international law, and damages prospects for a two-state solution.
“The UK is particularly concerned about the impact such settlements may have on Palestinian Christian minorities in the area, who are already affected by renewed construction of the Separation Barrier on Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley.”
Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency