UN special coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process,Â Nickolay Mladenov, on Tuesday, released a statement on Israelâ€™s â€ślegalization bill,â€ť which has the objective of protecting illegal settlements and outposts built on private Palestinian property, in the occupied West Bank. Some have pronounced it to be a step towards the total annexation of the West Bank.
â€śIf adopted, it will have far reaching legal consequences for Israel, across the occupied West Bank and will greatly diminish the prospect of Arab-Israeli peace,â€ť Mladenov said, in Â a statement.
Mladenov also encouraged Israeli legislators to reconsider the move, according to the PNN.
â€śI reiterate that all settlement activities are illegal, under international law, and run counter to the Middle East Quartet position that settlements are one of the main obstacles to peace,â€ť he concluded.
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