September 19, 2008

Officials Deny Palestinian President’s Proposal to Settle Refugees in Jordan

Text of report in English by official Jordanian news agency Petra- JNA website

Amman, 18 September: Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Nasir Judah underlined on Thursday [18 September] the establishment of a viable and independent Palestinian state on Palestinian soil and finding a just solution to the Palestinian refugees based on international legitimacy, particularly the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 which stipulates the right of return and compensation constitute higher Jordanian strategic interest.

In a statement to Jordan News Agency, Judah brushed aside a news report saying that the Palestinian leader had presented a propose during his recent meeting with His Majesty King Abdallah II to settle down the Palestinian refugees in Jordan against financial offers paid by major countries.

In the sometime, Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu-Rudaynah also dismissed on Thursday similar report saying that Abbas had presented a propose to His Majesty King Abdallah to settle down the Palestinian refugees in Jordan.

Abu-Rudaynah considered the aim of such reports is to undermine the distinguished ties between Jordanian and Palestinian people, affirming the home for Palestinians is Palestine. Judah considered the aim of such reports which were published and being published from time to time was to divert the attention from the real aim that Jordan works for under the leadership of His majesty King Abdallah through diligent political and diplomatic movement with global countries which intends to establish a viable and independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.

Originally published by Petra-JNA website, Amman, in English 1958 18 Sep 08.

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