European diplomats protest Israeli colonies in Palestine
Ramallah, Jan 20 (Prensa Latina) Representatives from 16 European countries protested before the Israeli Government due to plans to expand the colonies in the occupied West Bank, included East Jerusalem, Al-Ayyam newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The head of the European Union's Office in Israel, Andrew Standley, along with diplomats from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Spain, Malta, Poland, Denmark, Finland and Belgium, expressed their rejection of such programs, during a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the newspaper added.
According to Al-Ayyam, the group repeated its deep concern about the Zionist Government's claims to build more settlements in that area, although several renowned figures from the international community have condemned them.
During the meeting with Anna Azari, deputy director general of the European Department at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the group demanded an end to construction works and other actions in Givat Hamatos, the colony that they plan to build in the Beit Safafa area and it would completely separate East Jerusalem from the West Bank, including Bethlehem.
This week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres criticized Israeli's decision to expand its domains in that town and warned that it would increase the risk of confrontation and erode peace prospect.
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