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Th E.U. Expects Israel’s Respect for Int’l Law If It Wants

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Catherine Ashton with Ban Ki-moon

Catherine Ashton with Ban Ki-moon (Photo credit: European External Action Service – EEAS)

BRUSSELS, October 31, 2013 (WAFA) – European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Thursday that upgrade of relations between the EU and Israel is dependent on progress in the peace talks and Israel’s respect for international law.

Ashton’s statements came in response to a written question submitted on behalf of the International Campaign to Protect Palestinian Residency in Jerusalem (Jerusalemites Campaign) and the European Coordination Committee for Palestine (ECCP) regarding EU policy from Israel’s practices toward Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem, particularly revocation of their residency rights.

“On the issue of residency revocation in Jerusalem, the EU continues to stress with the Israeli government its concerns about Israeli policy on East Jerusalem (including residency and permit regimes, restrictions on building and lack of services),” said Ashton.

Replying to inquiry related to specific actions the EU is taking to force Israel to cease residency revocation in Jerusalem, Ashton maintained: “The EU has introduced a clear conditionality on the EU-Israel relationship, freezing any ‘upgrade’ of relations, and conditioning such an upgrade both on progress in the Middle East peace process as well as respect for international humanitarian law.”


Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

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