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EU warns Israel, Palestinians of 'price to pay' if talks fail

Published on Jan 23, 2014 2:48 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - A top European Union official warned on Wednesday that both Israel and the Palestinians would have a "price to pay" if US-led peace talks collapse.

Speaking to reporters in Jerusalem, Lars Faaborg-Andersen, the EU's ambassador to Israel, also rebuffed charges by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Europe was showing a pro-Palestinian bias.

And he warned that persistent Israeli construction on land seized during the 1967 Six Day War was fuelling private European moves to boycott products and services linked to the settlements.

"It is obvious, and we have made it clear to the parties, that there will be a price to pay if these negotiations falter," he said.

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