Mubarak calls on Israel to stop settlements

09:15, November 23, 2009      

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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Sunday called on Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied lands, including East Jerusalem.

"We want first, Israel to stop building settlements in the occupied lands, including East Jerusalem and to continue the negotiations from where it stopped, according to 1967 borders," Mubarak told a joint press conference with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres in Cairo.

"The current time witnesses a good opportunity to achieve peace which should not be wasted," Mubarak added.

For his part, Peres reiterated that his country is ready to accept establishing two states living side by side in peace.

"The Israeli government is ready to accept two-state solution," he said.

"The minute the negotiations start, there will not be more settlements, there will not be confiscations of more lands, there will not be financial investment in new settlements," Peres added.

On Saturday, Mubarak blamed Israel for ruining the chances of peace, saying the Jewish country obstructed the peacemaking efforts by its plans to Judaize East Jerusalem, its excavation under Al-Aqsa Mosque and its aggression against the Palestinians.

Source: Xinhua
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