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Japan Denounces Israel Construction Plans in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) The Japanese government "deeply" deplored Israeli plans to construct about 2000 housing units in the Jewish settlements of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and called upon Israel to stop their plans for the sake of progress in the peace process.

A statement by the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo today said the continued settlement activity of the Israeli Government clearly goes against the efforts of the parties involved and could greatly impact the recently resumed peace process.

They said that it comes at a time when the direct negotiations between Israel and Palestine have just been resumed as a result of vigorous mediation efforts made by the U.S.

The next round of talks will be held this week and Japan strongly urged both sides to make steady efforts toward building mutual trust for peace, according to the statement.

PanOrient News



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