5 December 2012, 20:22

Palestine to go to ICC over Israeli settlements

Palestine to go to ICC over Israeli settlements

Palestine wants to go to the International Criminal Court if Israel doesn’t drop its plans to construct new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian official said Wednesday.

As the UN had upgraded Palestinian Authority's status to that of a "nonmember state" it can now go to the ICC.

Another Palestinian official urged sanctions against Israel.

EU summons Israeli ambassador over settlement expansion concerns

The European Union has summoned Israel's ambassador to discuss the bloc's concerns over Israeli plans to expand its settlements in the West Bank, an EU foreign affairs spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

"The Israeli ambassador has been invited by the Executive Secretary General of the EEAS (European External Action Service) to meet to set out the depth of our concerns," she said.

The EU reaction to the expansion plans would be influenced by "the extent to which Israeli moves represent a strategic threat to the possibility of a contiguous and viable state of Palestine with Jerusalem as a shared capital", she said.

Voice of Russia, Interfax, Reuters

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