Brazil calls on Israel to completely stop settlement activity in occupied territory

09:06, December 01, 2010      

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Brazil on Tuesday called on Israel to put a full end to all settlement activity in occupied territory in order to revive the Middle East peace talks.

The statement came as Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Brazilian permanent representative to the United Nations, was addressing a UN meeting to mark the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. The meeting went into its second here Tuesday.

"The complete halt of settlement activity by Israel is not only a legal obligation but also a necessary condition for negotiations to continue and have a chance of succeeding," she said.

The Israeli settlement activity is illegal under the international law.

The Palestinians and Israelis met in their first direct peace talks in 17 months in Washington in early September, but the Israeli failure to extend the 10-month settlement moratorium has prompted the suspension of the peace talks.

"The end of the Israeli settlement moratorium last September put a fragile restart of the direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to an early and severe test," she said. "The failure to extend the moratorium on settlement activity in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the reported construction spree since then made it very difficult for negotiations to resume, as settlement activity is destroying the feasibility of a two- State solution."

The international community advocates the widely accepted peace roadmap, including the two-State solution -- a secure Israel to live in peace with an independent Palestinian State.

"It is not reasonable to expect that the Palestinians keep negotiating as the reality on the ground is being deeply and, some fear, irreversibly altered," she said. "This is particularly worrisome in East Jerusalem and in small and medium settlements deep into the West Bank."

Source: Xinhua


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