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    Merkel urges Israeli settlement halt - 27 Aug 09

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    German leader Angela Merkel has added her voice to calls to halt the building of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land.

    Merkel, speaking at a joint news conference with Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, in Berlin, said it was a vital condition for relaunching the Middle East peace process.

    Merkel called for a "substantial change" in Israel's Jewish settlement policy in the West Bank.

    While saying the details are complex, she insisted that settlements must not hamper progress toward the creation of a Palestinian state.

    Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher has more on the meeting.