EU calls on Israel to give up Quds demolition threats
The EU called on Israel earlier on Wednesday to give up threats to demolish about 90 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem, reported World bulletin.
"If implemented, the demolition would deprive more than 1,000 Palestinians of their homes and would be the largest destruction of Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem since 1967," the Czech presidency of the EU said in a statement issued on behalf of the bloc's 27 member states.
"The EU reminds Israel of its obligations under the Roadmap and international law. Demolition of houses in this sensitive area threatens the viability of a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement, in conformity with international law," the statement said.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton described the destruction of homes in Jerusalem during her visit to Ramallah last week as "unhelpful" and violating the roadmap obligations.
A confidential EU report slammed Israeli policies in East Jerusalem stressing that it hinders Palestinian existence in the occupied city.
The report accuses Israel of illegally annexing East Jerusalem by expanding Jewish settlements, demolishing Palestinian homes and installing roadblocks.
The report also stated that the Israeli policies in East Jerusalem, including constructing new Jewish settlements, the Annexation Wall, demolishing homes ad discriminating against the Palestinians, hinders the Palestinian development and existence and solidifies the Israeli presence in East Jerusalem.
Meeting on Palestinian territories
European Union representatives will meet Palestinian and Egyptian officials on Sunday to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories, the Czech EU presidency also said.
The March 15 meeting in Brussels will be attended by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, the EU's foreign policy chief Javier Solana, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki.
"The objective of the dinner meeting is particularly the discussion of the current situation on the Palestinian territories and the role of Egypt in mediating the Middle East negotiations," the presidency said in a statement.
Egypt has been mediating talks in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah groups on forming a unity Palestinian government.