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Jakarta Post

RI disappointed by Israeli settlement extension

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 29 2010   /  10:58 am

Indonesia has expressed its disappointment at Israel’s decision to end its freeze of settlement construction in Gaza, calling it “irresponsible”, while efforts to salvage the Middle East peace negotiations continued.

“[Israel’s] decision is really disappointing and really unacceptable,” Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said Sunday as quoted by Antara after signing the UN Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances at the UN headquarters in New York.

“Now we, along with Palestine and other countries, are drawing up our next steps.”

Marty said that by letting its moratorium on settlement building on the West Bank expire, Israel would be held responsible if direct peace talks between the long-standing foes failed.

The talks only resumed in September this year after being halted since late 2008.