Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Military Space News .




WAR REPORT
EU 'deeply dismayed' by Israeli settlements
by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) Dec 10, 2012


The EU said Monday it is "deeply dismayed" by Israel's plans for new West Bank settlements, a move which threatens to undercut peace efforts that instead should be revived.

The E1 project that calls for the construction of new settler homes on a strip of West Bank land outside Jerusalem has fuelled a major diplomatic backlash, with experts warning it could wipe out hopes of establishing a viable Palestinian state.

"The European Union is deeply dismayed by and strongly opposes Israeli plans to expand settlements in the West Bank, including in East Jerusalem, and in particular plans to develop the E1 area," the 27 EU foreign ministers said in a statement at the end of a day-long meeting.

The E1 plan "if implemented, would seriously undermine the prospects of a negotiated resolution of the conflict" as it would question the viability of the two-state settlement central to the peace process.

On the day the bloc collected the Nobel Peace Prize, the EU "reiterates that settlements are illegal under international law and constitute an obstacle to peace," it added.

Ministers agreed that in view of recent developments, which include an unprecedented UN upgrade of the Palestinians' diplomatic status, they believed it was now time to take "bold and concrete steps towards peace."

To this end, both sides must "engage in direct and substantial negotiations without pre-conditions in order to achieve a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, ending all claims."

The EU also called on the Palestinian leadership to use the UN upgrade constructively and not take steps which would "deepen the lack of trust and lead further away from a negotiated solution."

Meanwhile, Palestinian peace negotiator Saeb Erakat said Monday that the Palestinians were looking to reactivate peace talks with Israel with the aim of resolving all final status issues within six months.

Erakat told the official Voice of Palestine radio that the UN vote meant "a new stage" had been reached, convincing the Arab world that the peace process could be reconsidered.

Direct peace talks which began in September 2010 collapsed quickly in a dispute over settlements, with the Palestinians calling for a construction freeze and Israel arguing for a return to talks without such preconditions.

Before the start of talks in 2010, Israel observed a 10-month freeze on new West Bank construction but has refused repeated requests to renew it, dismissing them as an unacceptable "precondition" for talks.

The Palestinians say it is an "obligation" under international law.

.


Related Links






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WAR REPORT
Sham II: New fighting machine of Syria rebels
Bishqatin, Syria (AFP) Dec 9, 2012
From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals the latest achievement of Syrian rebels: a home-made armoured vehicle waiting to be deployed. Sham II, named after ancient Syria, is built from the chassis of a car and touted by rebels as "100 percent made in Syria." It required a "month of work" for the design, assembly and development of the vehic ... read more


WAR REPORT
Russia shuts down Azerbaijan radar station: Baku

Turkey assures Russia Patriot missiles for defence: diplomat

Japan authorises N. Korea rocket interception

Dutch to send Patriot missiles to Turkey-Syria border

WAR REPORT
Iran to observe North Korea missile test

Severodvinsk submarine launches first cruise missile at ground targets

Patriots: The 'hit-to-kill' star missiles of the US armoury

MEADS Intercepts Air-Breathing Target at White Sands Missile Range

WAR REPORT
US drone strike kills at least three in Pakistan

Iran tells US to 'recount' drones

AeroVironment to Offer Tier II Vertical Takeoff and Landing

Sudan drone down in Khartoum area: official media

WAR REPORT
US Air Force selects Raytheon to develop future Protected SATCOM System

General Dynamics Awarded Contract Under New U.S. Army Rapid-Acquisition Communications Program

Astrium to provide military X-band satcoms to six UK Royal Navy vessels

Lockheed Martin to Demonstrate Key Component of Tactical MilSat Communications System

WAR REPORT
Raytheon BBN Technologies awarded DoD funding to enhance text understanding

Argentina on track to buy 14 Brazil APCs

Raytheon receives US Army contract for JAGM continued technology development

JLENS simultaneously tracks swarming boats, cars, aircraft

WAR REPORT
Trichet could become new EADS chairman: report

EADS deal ends state grip, boosts shares and Daimler

Senate approves $631 bn defense budget

EADS unveils new structure to 'simplify' group

WAR REPORT
EU says Nobel will spur reforms to keep Europe at peace

Philippines eyes greater US military presence

Brazil's Rousseff to make first official France visit

EU feted with Nobel in eurosceptic Norway

WAR REPORT
Nature Materials Study: Boosting Heat Transfer With Nanoglue

New optical tweezers trap specimens just a few nanometers across

How 'transparent' is graphene?

A graphene nanotube hybrid




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement