Housing Activities in East Jerusalem Violate International Law: Japan
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The Japanese government today deplored the Israeli Government plan to construct 2,610 new housing units in Givat Hamatos, East Jerusalem, and say that such settlement activities are a violation of international law.
A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said "The fact that the Israeli government is still proceeding with settlement construction, at a time when the international community is urging both Israeli and Palestinian sides to resume direct negotiations for peace, goes against the ongoing efforts by the international community.”
The statement said that Japan has repeatedly called upon Israel to freeze all settlement activities, and reiterates its strong call to Israel to refrain from any unilateral act that changes the current situation in East Jerusalem and not to approve and implement the plan of construction for the sake of progress of the peace process.
Japan once again strongly urges that both sides act to promote mutual trust and continue with steady efforts for peace, the statement said.
According to media reports, the Israeli government plans to start implementing a new settlement project (2610 housing units with subsequent expansion to 4200) in the existing Jewish settlement of Givat Hamatos in the southern part of East Jerusalem.
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