Japan Deplores Israel's Construction of New Housing Units in East Jerusalem

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Tokyo - (PanOrient News) Japan deeply deplores the Israeli planned approval of the construction of 1,100 new housing units for Jewish people in Gilo of East Jerusalem, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said in a statement.

Japan reiterates its strong call to Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current situation in East Jerusalem and to not implement the above-mentioned plan of construction for the sake of the progress of the peace process, the statement said.

Japan does not recognize any act that prejudges the final status of the territories in the pre-1967 borders, and has repeatedly called upon Israel to fully freeze settlement activities. The statement said that such an act goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community to resume the negotiations for peace.

The statement called upon both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to concentrate on the goal of a "two-state solution," which is important for not only the Middle East but also the international community as a whole. "Japan once again strongly urges that both sides act for the boosting of mutual trust and continue to make steady efforts for peace," it said.

The Middle East Quartet meeting on September 23 called on both sides “to resume negotiations and to refrain from any provocative action.”

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