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Mideast Quartet ‘greatly concerned’ by Israel’s recent settlement plans

Israel recently announced plan for 277 homes in Ariel settlement in West Bank and more than 900 housing units in Har Homa neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

by Reuters and Haaretz

August 16, 2011 | 10:53 am

From left: Ariel settlement in the West Bank and Har Homa in East Jerusalem.

From left: Ariel settlement in the West Bank and Har Homa in East Jerusalem.

The Middle East Quartet said Tuesday that they were alarmed by Israel’s latest announcements about new settlement plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The so-called quartet, made up of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, released a statement expressing deep concern regarding Israel’s recent announcement to build 277 homes in the Ariel settlement in the West Bank, as well as more than 900 housing units in Har Homa in East Jerusalem.

“The Quartet is greatly concerned by Israel’s recent announcements to advance planning for new housing units in Ariel and East Jerusalem,” the mediating group said in a joint statement.

On Monday, the U.S. said it found reports of fresh Israeli settlement building plans deeply troubling and counterproductive to the U.S. effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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