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The Elders warn of threat to Israel-Palestine peace process

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"Continued settlement building is deeply unhelpful at this critical moment in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process" – Kofi Annan The Elders condemn Israel's latest construction plans for Palestinian East Jerusalem as a threat to the two-state solution.

The Elders strongly oppose Israel’s newly announced construction plans for East Jerusalem, warning that they seriously undermine the current peace negotiations.

Speaking on behalf of the group, the Chair of The Elders, Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan stated:

“Continued settlement building is deeply unhelpful at this critical moment in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Such settlements are illegal under international law and pose a serious threat to the realisation of the two-state solution to the conflict, based on a viable and contiguous Palestinian territory”.

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