Israeli settlement expansion a flagrant violation of international law: UN Mideast envoy

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Wednesday described Israel's plan to expand settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory as a flagrant violation of international law.

The Israeli authorities approved over the past two days the advancement of some 2,400 housing units in settlements in Area C of the occupied West Bank.

The expansion of settlements has no legal effect and constitutes a flagrant violation of international law, said Mladenov in a statement. By advancing the effective annexation of the West Bank, it undermines the chances for establishing a Palestinian state based on relevant UN resolutions, as part of a negotiated two-state solution.

The UN official called on Israel to immediately and completely cease the expansion of settlements in the occupied territories.

Source: International Islamic News Agency