UN Chief Expresses Deep Concerns over Israeli Settlement Plans
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concerns about Israel's new settlement plans.
The plan fuels the Palestinian people's "mistrust of the seriousness of the Israeli side toward achieving peace," Ban said at a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday.
Ban arrived in the region to show support to the (so called) peace talks that the United States brokered between Israel and the Palestinian Authority last month, Xinhua reported.
On Wednesday, negotiators from both sides met for the second time since July in Jerusalem. The resumption of talks comes after almost three years' stalemate.
Israeli's recent tenders to build new homes in Jewish settlements on occupied lands in East Jerusalem and the West Bank clouded the atmosphere at the negotiating table.
For his part, Abbas stressed that negotiations were the only way for the Palestinians to establish their state.