UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Friday that although Israelis and Palestinians were engaged in peace talks brokered by the US, an “increasingly dangerous situation” on the ground could threaten future negotiations.
In remarks marking the “International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People,” Ban said he was “alarmed by the increasingly dangerous situation on the ground. There has been an escalation of violence and incitement.” The UN-sanctioned observance has been marked since 1978.
Ban also criticized recent announcements by Israel of construction in West Bank settlements, calling them a “cause for grave concerns.”
“Announcements of thousands of new housing units cannot be reconciled with the goal of a two-state solution and risk the collapse of negotiations,” said the secretary-general.
Earlier this month, the Housing Ministry published tenders for the planning of some 20,000 settlement apartments – an unprecedented number – including 1,200 units in the controversial E1 corridor linking Jerusalem with Ma’aleh Adumim. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu quickly ordered the tenders cancelled.
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