The EU strongly condemns the decision to build 2,600 housing units in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat HaMatos. EU Foreign Affairs Supervisor Catherine Ashton says this is an unprecedented expansion of settlements surrounding Jerusalem.
“The EU opposes construction plans that could prevent the establishment of a PA Arab state with territorial continuity and Jerusalem its capital. The EU will closely examine the implications of the construction decision and will act accordingly. Both sides must demonstrate the leadership necessary to reinstate the peace process,” said Ashton.