Hariri, Palestinian officials discuss situation in camps

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri received this afternoon at the “Center House” a Palestinian delegation comprising “Fatah” Central Committee Member Azzam Al-Ahmad, the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon Ashraf Dabbour, PLO factions and Fatah Movement Secretary Fathi Abu al-Ardat and Major General Fathi Dakhlalla. Discussions focused on the region and the situation in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon.

After the meeting, Al-Ahmad said: “We met with Premier Hariri in the framework of the continuous coordination between the Palestinian leadership, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Future movement, and the framework of the Lebanese-Palestinian coordination. We informed him about the challenges facing the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian steadfastness as to the arrogant Israeli occupation and the settlers, the attempts to desecrate Al-Aqsa Mosque and change its Arab Palestinian identity, as well as the ongoing efforts to hold an international peace conference in the Middle East in order to end the Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state. These efforts are led by France through the initiative it launched to hold an international conference that may put an end to the deadlock in the Middle East that results from the intransigence of the Netanyahu government and its refusal to comply with the international resolutions.”

He added: “We discussed the situation in the Palestinian refugee camps particularly in Ain al-Helweh in light of the latest bombing attempts after a long period of calm, which bothered some forces that seek to harm Lebanon and wants to use the Palestinian camp to destabilize Lebanon and harm the civil peace in the Palestinian camps, particularly in Ain al-Helweh or the Lebanese neighborhood. Premier Hariri stressed the support of Lebanon and the Future Movement as regards the struggle of the Palestinian people to regain their full rights, end the occupation and establish an independent state, and the continued coordination to preserve civil peace and stop the forces who are trying to destabilize the Palestinian camps and Lebanon.

Question: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and French President Francoise Holland visited Lebanon lately and attention was mostly focused on helping the Syrian refugees, so what about the attention given to the Palestinian refugees and where do they stand on the international map?

Al-Ahmad: This is important especially in light of the current crisis of UNRWA particularly in Lebanon. We discussed this with Premier Hariri and all the Lebanese officials we met with. Our stance is unified regarding the necessity to enable UNRWA to carry out its responsibility and tasks towards the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon who have a special status different from the Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan or other places. UNRWA should not reduce its services in the fields of education and health care. Our efforts are unified to support UNRWA through the contacts that we are making with UN Secretary General, and President Abu Mazen is currently in New York and his agenda includes this issue. Regarding French President Francoise Holland, I think France is giving more attention than others, especially after the failure of the United States due to its full bias to Israel. We hope that everybody will support the Palestinian initiative and hold an international conference to achieve the Israeli withdrawal and implement the international resolutions, by establishing an independent Palestinian state and ending the suffering of the refugees and secure their return in accordance with UN Resolution 194.”

Source: National News Agency

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