UK urges Israel to return to peace talks

AP News
Posted: Mar 17, 2011 6:33 PM

Britain's foreign secretary has urged Israel's defense minister to return to peace talks with Palestinians and voiced concern about settlement construction.

William Hague says he told Defense Minister Ehud Barak _ who is visiting London _ that Britain is seriously concerned about Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank. He said the settlements "run contrary to peace."

The two leaders met for talks Thursday. Hague said in a statement that they also discussed developments in Libya and Egypt, as well as the recent seizure of an arms shipment, allegedly bound from Iran to Gaza.

Hague said that if the shipment did originate in Iran it would offer further evidence of its intent to disrupt regional stability.