Hague presses Israel on settlements
Britain has renewed calls on Israel to extend a moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank amid fears the expiry of the 10-month ban could scupper Middle East peace efforts.
Foreign Secretary William Hague said there was "widespread international concern" that the issue could derail the latest direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Intense US-led efforts to rescue the dialogue were continuing on Sunday and Mr Hague will press the case on Monday in meetings at the United Nations with his American and Israeli counterparts.
Some settlers plan a rally on Sunday night to mark the end of the halt to construction and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told the UN Israel "must choose between peace and the continuation of settlements".
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to settlers to "display restraint and responsibility".
Mr Hague, who is attending the UN's General Assembly in New York, said: "Britain has consistently called on the Israeli government to extend the moratorium on settlement construction, and I renew that call today.
"It is clear from my many meetings with my colleagues at the UN General Assembly that there is widespread international concern at the impact of this issue on the direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
"The moratorium was a key theme of my meetings with President Abbas, Senator (George) Mitchell (the US special envoy to the peace process) and foreign ministers from the Arab world and beyond."
Mr Hague said he would use the meetings with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman "as part of Britain's efforts to ensure that Britain provides all the support it can to the Middle East peace process at this crucial time".