Jordan rejects Palestinians' resettlement

Dec. 16, 2004 at 5:59 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Jordan reiterated Thursday its strong opposition to the resettlement of 1.7 million Palestinian refugees living in 13 camps throughout the country.

Government spokeswoman Asma Khoder said Jordan had not received any Israeli plans or suggestions to resettle Palestinian refugees in host countries, including Syria and Lebanon, as a pre-condition for final status negotiations on the fate of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"No suggestion or plan could be debated unless presented within an official framework between concerned parties ... The final status issue could only be discussed at the negotiation table," she said.

Khoder reaffirmed Jordan's commitment to U.N. Security Council Resolution 194, which acknowledges the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland.

The Jordanian official was responding to comments by the deputy director general of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Ron Prosor, that Israel was preparing a political plan for the resettlement of Palestinian refugees in host countries.

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