UN chief visits West Bank

09:45, March 22, 2010      

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Staying in the Middle East, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has reiterated his condemnation of Israel's plan to build 1600 new homes in east Jerusalem.

He added that all Israeli settlement activity in Palestinian territory was illegal.

During his high-profile visit to the West Bank on Saturday, Ban was escorted to an observation point by Palestinian officials. He was shown the site for the proposed new Jewish homes.

The development has emerged as a major obstacle to the resumption of Middle-East peace talks.

The visit comes after Ban and other major Middle-East mediators - known as the Quartet - met in Moscow to try to get Israeli-Palestinian peace talks restarted.

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, said, "We have to get negotiations underway. The Quartet warmly welcomes the decision of the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government to have indirect talks and I encourage all Palestinians to support negotiations."

Source: CCTV.com

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