On the eve of the expected Israeli Government announcement on the moratorium, Foreign Secretary William Hague has renewed Britain’s call for its extension.
The Foreign Secretary said:
“Britain has consistently called on the Israeli government to extend the moratorium on settlement construction, and I renew that call today.
It is clear from my many meetings with my colleagues at the UN General Assembly that there is widespread international concern at the impact of this issue on the direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The moratorium was a key theme of my meetings with President Abbas, Senator Mitchell, and Foreign Ministers from the Arab world and beyond. I will on Monday meet both Secretary Clinton and Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman as part of Britain’s efforts to ensure that Britain provides all the support it can to the Middle East Peace Process at this crucial time.”