Ban Ki-moon to discuss planned Israeli settlements with Quartet partners

6 December 2007

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said he would discuss planned Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem with his diplomatic partners in the Quartet, which brings together the United Nations, European Union, Russian Federation and the United States in the search for a lasting solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

Responding to press questions on the plans, Mr. Ban said the UN’s position on the illegality of settlements is well known.

“These new tenders for 300 new homes in East Jerusalem, so soon after this Annapolis Middle East peace conference, I think, is not helpful,” said Mr. Ban, referring to the recent meeting in the US city that brought together Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as top officials from concerned countries.

“I will be discussing this matter with my Quartet partners,” he said.


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