UN chief urges Israel to call off E1 settlement
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UN chief urges Israel to call off E1 settlement

Ban expresses 'concern' over Netanyahu's reiteration of plans to build on bitterly contested tract east of Jerusalem

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 20, 2010. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, March 20, 2010. (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO/Flash90)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is reiterating his call for Israel to rescind its settlement plans in the strategic E1 area of the West Bank.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey says the UN chief is following “with concern” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge Sunday to move ahead with construction of a new Jewish settlement in the E1 area.

The new settlement would deepen East Jerusalem’s separation from the West Bank, areas won by Israel in war that the Palestinians want for their state.

Ban noted that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal under international law, del Buey said Monday.

Ban said Palestinian demonstrations, which Israel broke up on Sunday, were largely nonviolent, and he stressed the right to peaceful protest should be fully respected, del Buey said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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