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EU stands by labeling move after Israel freezes contacts

November 30, 2015 GMT
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu right, is greeted by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Guillaume Horcajuelo, Pool via AP)
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu right, is greeted by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as he arrives for the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Guillaume Horcajuelo, Pool via AP)

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is standing by its decision to put special labels on West Bank exports despite Israel’s move to freeze contacts on Mideast peace issues with EU representatives.

Israel has been up in arms since the EU announced that goods produced in Israeli settlements must have special labels and cannot say they were made in Israel.

EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said Monday “there is no great change from the EU perspective, and there is EU unity on this.”

She could provide no details on who might be hit by the Israeli freeze.

EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini also sought clarification Monday from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference.

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The move is unlikely to hinder the work of the Mideast diplomatic quartet.

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