Israel ignoring demands to stop settlements, envoy says

ASSOCIATED PRESS
UNITED NATIONS
Published 26.09.2017 02:00
Heavy machinery work in a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.
Heavy machinery work in a construction site in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Ariel, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017.

The U.N. envoy for the Mideast envoy says Israel isn't complying with a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a halt to all settlement activity and is continuing settlement expansion making a two-state solution "increasingly unattainable."

Nickolay Mladenov told the council Monday that in the three months from June 20 Israel's settlement activity "continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year."

He said activity was concentrated primarily in East Jerusalem where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, "30 percent more than for the whole of 2016."

Mladenov stressed that the United Nations considers settlement activities illegal under international law.

He was delivering the third report on implementing last December's council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as a "flagrant violation" of international law.

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