Flanagan condemns Israeli moves to expand settlements
By Staff Reporter
Ireland has condemned Israel’s recent announcement of further construction of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“Ireland’s views on Israeli settlements couldn’t be clearer,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan. “Indeed, the views of the international community on settlements couldn’t be clearer – they are comprehensively set out in UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and in the declaration of the Paris Conference which I participated earlier this month.
“These settlements are illegal, they actively undermine the prospects for a sustainable negotiated two-state solution, and the relentless expansion of settlements inherently involves injustice and provocation for Palestinians.”
The minister added that the most recent announcements, proposing more than 3,000 units, “are deeply disappointing. Such actions serve only to undermine Israel’s reputation and the credibility of its government’s declarations of support for a negotiated, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
Minister Flanagan said Ireland would continue to support a comprehensive two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis.
“I call for an end to all settlement construction, and the reversal of these announcements,” he added.