BEIRUT, 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.”