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UK foreign minister: EU officials must discuss 'urgent need' to restart Mideast peace process

Britain's foreign secretary says EU foreign ministers will discuss the "urgent need to restart the peace process" in the Middle East.

The ministers, meeting Monday in Brussels, will consider Israel's plans to build 3,000 new homes in areas the Palestinians claim for a future state. "I expect the entire EU will be strongly opposed to that," said British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

The EU views such settlements as illegal. Some advocacy groups want the EU to prohibit the sale of goods made by Israeli settlers from being labeled as made in Israel. The labeling issue may come up but is not specifically on the agenda.

The 27 EU foreign ministers will also consider the crisis in Syria and plans to send an EU military training force to Mali.