France urges Israel to call off East Jerusalem settlement plans

October 2, 2014 7:58 PM

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France urges Israel to call off East Jerusalem settlement plans

PARIS (Reuters) - France called on Israel on Thursday to drop plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem, joining the United States and Berlin in criticism of the move.

"We condemn the Israeli authorities decision to build 2,610 homes in Givat Hamatos," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement, adding that it would be the first new colony in East Jerusalem in 15 years.

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