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RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – The Palestinian prime minister wants Palestinian diplomats to campaign for economic steps against Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says Israel has ignored international condemnation of continued settlement expansion in territories the Palestinians claim for a future state. He noted Thursday that Britain is taking first steps toward economic pressure. British foreign minister David Miliband has urged European countries to impose tighter controls on imports from settlements to the EU.

Fayyad also says he believes there are no differences among leading Israeli politicians on settlements. He says the issue has not come up in Israel’s election campaign. Fayyad spoke to Palestinian dipomats in Ramallah.