UN official: Israeli settlement expansion a flagrant violation of international law

JERUSALEM, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, today described Israel’s plan to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory as a flagrant violation of international law.

The Israeli authorities approved over the past two days the advancement of some 2,400 housing units in settlements in Area C of the occupied West Bank.

The expansion of settlements has no legal effect and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, said Mladenov in a statement. By advancing the effective annexation of the West Bank, it undermines the chances for establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant UN resolutions, as part of a negotiated two-state solution.

The UN official called on Israel to immediately and completely cease expansion of settlements in the occupied territories.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency