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UK concerned over possible West Bank annexation

Foreign Secretary Domin Raab says such move would jeopardize peace efforts

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal   | 31.01.2020
UK concerned over possible West Bank annexation

London, City of

LONDON

The U.K. on Friday reacted to reports that Israel could immediately act to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said such a move by Israel would damage efforts to restart peace negotiations with Palestine.

“The United Kingdom is concerned by reports of possible moves toward annexation of parts of the West Bank by Israel. Any such unilateral moves would be damaging to renewed efforts to restart peace negotiations, and contrary to the international law,” Raab said in a statement.

“Any changes to the status quo cannot be taken forward without an agreement negotiated by the parties themselves,” he added.

On Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump released his peace plan -- the so-called “Deal of the Century” -- at the White House alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with no Palestinian officials present.

During the event, Trump referred to Jerusalem as "Israel's undivided capital."

The plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Palestinian issue and suggests giving Israel almost everything it demanded.

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