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Statement on settlement construction in the West Bank

The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D. today commented on reports of further decisions on settlement construction in the West Bank, saying,

"I condemn the latest reported decisions by the Israeli authorities to advance plans and tenders for further settlement construction in the West Bank. The great majority of these plans and permissions relate to areas deep within the West Bank.

"Continued expansion of settlements in these areas is not compatible with a good faith effort to reach a peace agreement, and adds to the concerns raised by election promises in recent days to annex lands in the West Bank."

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