VALLETA, 22 Muharram 1434/7 December 2012 (Wafa/MINA) – Malta strongly denounced the recent Israeli settlement policy, calling on Israel to abandon its plan to build thousands of new housing units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, Thursday said Malta’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Zammit.
“The Palestinian people cannot continue building their state while their land is being continuously and gradually taken,” said Zammit.
He expressed discomfort from the Israeli measures that threaten the status of East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.
“Settlements are illegal under international law and they form an obstacle to peace, as well as threaten the two-state solution,” he added.
He stressed that this is the common position of the entire European Union.
Malta was one of the 138 countries that voted in favor of the Palestinian bid at the United Nations. (T/R-017/R-006)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)