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Settlement plan ‘heavy blow’ to peace efforts — FM

By JT - Oct 27,2014 - Last updated at Oct 27,2014

AMMAN — Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Monday denounced Israel's decision to establish 1,060 new settlement units in the East Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo and Jabal Abu Ghneim settlements. 

Judeh was quoted in a ministry statement as saying that the plan represents a "flagrant" violation of Israel's obligations before the international law, namely the Fourth Geneva Convention. 

The Israeli government announcement represents a "heavy blow" to efforts being exerted to relaunch the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations, which are aimed at achieving the two-state solution according to the international term of references and the Arab Peace Initiative, said the minister. 

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