Miladinov expresses concern over The decision to build in Givat Hamatos ´´

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nikolai Mladenov, expressed his grave concern over the decision of the Israeli authorities yesterday to open the bidding process for building settlement units in an area known as "Givat Hamatos".

The coordinator said in a statement: "If it is built, it will reinforce a ring of settlements between Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, which greatly harms the future prospects for establishing a contiguous Palestinian state and achieving the negotiated two-state solution based on the 1967 lines, with Jerusalem Capital for each of the two states. "

He emphasized that "settlement construction is illegal under international law," and called on the authorities to "retract this step."

The Peace Now organization stressed yesterday that the Israeli construction in "Givat Hamatos" would "severely impede the prospects for a two-state solution" to the conflict with the Palestinians, because the Israeli neighborhood will isolate East Jerusalem from Bethlehem.

Brian Reeves, from Peace Now, indicated to the German news agency (dpa) that this step dismantles the most prominent Palestinian urban area, referring to East Jerusalem, and to the Palestinian cities of Bethlehem to the south and Ramallah to the north.

About 600,000 Israelis live in more than 200 settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope will be the capital of their future state.


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