- Published on Friday, 06 July 2012 15:45
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey strongly condemns Israel's issuing tenders for the construction of several additional units in the settlements of Har Homa and Pisgat Ze'ev in East Jerusalem and approval for the construction of new units in the settlement of East Talpiot, adding anew to its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
We also deplore and strongly condemn the preliminary approval given by the Israeli Ministry of Interior to the plans for moving the National Defense College to a location on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem. Such initiatives, harming the historical fabric and character of Jerusalem and aiming at altering the status of the occupied territories are unacceptable.
Israel obstructs the revitalization of the peace process and seriously endangers the vision of a two-state solution through its settlement activities persistently maintained in disregard of the reactions of the world public opinion. In this context, the international community should emphasize that the Israeli practices are unacceptable and take the necessary measures to give an end to this stance, severely damaging the peace and stability of the region.
Israel should fulfill its responsibilities in accordance with the international law concerning lasting peace in the Middle East and put an end immediately to all its activities destroying the basis for peace.