Jordan slams Israeli decision to expand settlements in Jerusalem

June 2nd, 2008 - 4:27 am ICT by admin  

Amman, June 2 (DPA) The Jordanian government has rejected Israel’s decision to build hundreds of new homes in East Jerusalem as contrary to international law and detrimental to peace efforts. “Jordan totally rejects Israel’s attempts to create facts on the ground because building new settlements or expanding the already existing ones represent a flagrant violation of international law and Israel’s commitments under the road map (peace plan),” Information Minister Nasser Judeh said Sunday.

Judeh was responding to an Israeli government announcement that it was planning to build nearly 900 new homes in a part of East Jerusalem which was captured by the Jewish state from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.

He pointed that the continuation of the Israeli settlement policy “will negatively affect efforts under way to reach a solution that provides for the setting up of an independent Palestinian state” before the end of 2008 as envisaged by US President George W. Bush.

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