G-8 nations call for settlement freeze


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The foreign ministers of the Group of Eight countries have called on Israel to halt all West Bank settlement construction.

Meeting Friday in Italy, the statement from the G-8 ministers also urged the Israelis and Palestinians to "re-enter direct negotiations on all standing issues consistent with the ‘road map,’ " according to media reports.

The Quartet on Middle East peacemaking — the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — met Friday. The meeting included a session with a group of Arab League nations.

The G-8 includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, France and Italy.

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