EU refuses to back down after Israel freezes some Mideast contacts over West Bank labels

The European Union is refusing to back down on its decision to put special labels on exports from the West Bank even though Israel has frozen some of its contacts with the bloc on Middle East peace issues.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after talks with foreign ministers Monday that the EU is "united on these technical guidelines on the indication of origin, which is in no way a boycott."

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.

The Israeli freeze has interfered with some technical-level talks but it is unlikely to hinder the work of the Mideast diplomatic quartet.