Abbas, Suleiman Reject Resettlement of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

August 16, 2011 (WAFA) – President Mahmoud Abbas and his Lebanese counterpart
Michel Suleiman Tuesday asserted their total rejection to permanent resettlement
of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

In a meeting in the Lebanese
Presidential Palace, Abbas said, “The Palestinian refugees’ existence in Lebanon
is temporary, which is under the Lebanese law.”

He added,
“Palestinian refugees are temporary guests, who abide by the Lebanese law and
Sovereignty. We believe that there are no Palestinian weapons to protect
Palestinians, but they are under the protection of Lebanon.”

Abbas thanked the Lebanese
government and people for the official announcement to exchange full diplomatic
relations between the countries.

On his part, Suleiman stressed
that the Palestinian refugee’s situation in Lebanon must be given more
attention, considering that refugee camps’ security is part of Lebanon’s
national security.

He added, “  The sovereignty of
Lebanon is not comprehensive without promoting Lebanon’s control over the entire
Lebanese territories…we seek to compel Israel to implement resolution 1707 in
corporation with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), it is our
legal right to gain control over our occupied land by all means.”

( / 16.08.2011)

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