The statement, expected this week from the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Portugal, follows criticism by the United States of the planned expansion of construction in the Ramat Shlomo area -- which would make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as a shared capital between Israel and the new Palestine, difficult to achieve -- the British newspaper The Guardian said Wednesday.
"Plans of new construction run counter to the cause of peace. Israel's leaders continually say they support a path towards a two-state solution, yet these actions only put that goal further at risk," said U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
The U.N. General Assembly, in a non-binding resolution Tuesday, condemned Israel's plans by a vote of 196 to six.
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