UN: 24 July 2008 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern about the announcement today of the initial approval by the Ministry of Defense of 20 residential units in the Israeli military post of Maskiyot in the West Bank.
“The Secretary-General has stressed many times before that settlement construction or expansion is contrary to international law,” his spokesperson said in a statement.
It is also contrary to Israel’s commitments under the international plan for Middle East peace, known as the Road Map, and the Annapolis process, the statement added, referring to the peace process launched in the United States city of that name late last year.
Mr. Ban urged Israel to heed the call of the Middle East Quartet – the diplomatic grouping comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – to freeze all settlement activity, including natural growth, and to dismantle outposts erected since March 2001.
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