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  • 13:20 - 26 January 2017

Lebanon: Paris summit fails to address right of return for Palestinians

Gaza,(DRAH.ps)-- he Lebanese Foreign Ministry said Sunday that the French summit had ignored a proposal to discuss Palestinian refugees’ right of return.“The Lebanese proposal that requested they emphasize (at the talks) the right of return was refused by some delegations and ignored by others,” a statement by the ministry said. Diplomats from 70 countries gathered in Paris Sunday to try to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts.Lebanon had urged the delegations to enlist the Palestinian refugees’ right of return to their homes, a right stipulated by UN resolutions, the statement added.“It is a tragic reality for Palestinian refugees, (a reality) which left Lebanon struggling with the burden for 70 years,” the statement said.There are around 500,000 Palestinians across Lebanon, with an estimated 65 percent of them believed to be living below the poverty line.They frequently protest to demand that they get granted the right of return to their homeland. Palestinians were also displaced in other neighboring countries in 1948 after the establishment of the Jewish State and after the Arab-Israeli June 1967 war.According to the Foreign Ministry, Lebanon will object to the final statement that the summit will issue.The head of the Lebanese delegation Ghadi Khouri was instructed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to emphasize that Lebanon supports sustainable peace in the region, the statement said.It added that Lebanon will not remain silent on Israel's coercive demographic agenda in the region.The Paris meeting comes at a crucial moment for the Middle East, five days before US president-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed unstinting support for Israel, is sworn inaugerated.Peace efforts have been at a standstill since a US-led initiative collapsed in April 2014.


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