United Nations warns Israel

United Nations warns Israel

UNITED NATIONS (APP): The United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process has warned against Israel's move to adopt the so-called 'legalization bill,' which aims to protect illegal settlements and outposts built on private Palestinian property in the West Bank, "but which some have said could be a step towards annexation" of the area.

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"If adopted, it will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel, across the occupied West Bank and will greatly diminish the prospect of Arab-Israeli peace," the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a press statement.

He reiterated that all settlement activities are illegal under international law and run counter to the position of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East "comprising the UN, Russia, the United States and the European Union" that settlements are one of the main obstacles to peace.

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"I encourage Israeli legislators to reconsider this move,' he said.