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    Merkel urges Israeli settlement halt - 27 Aug 09

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    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.