Panelist Discuss Future of Palestinian Diaspora
Participants at “the Conference on Dispelled Palestinians' Future,” held in Amman, Jordan, stressed on the Palestinian refugees’ right of return in accordance with the international legitimacy resolutions.
The three-day conference, which attracted the participation of 200 Arab political figures and intellectuals, discussed working papers tackling the different aspects of the refugee issue.
At the session entitled “a Study of the Changes in Political Settlement and International Resolutions on the Refugee Issue between 1947-1991,” researcher Abdullah Hourani addressed the Israeli position on the Palestinian Problem.
Hourani, a former member of the PLO Executive Committee, said the Israeli policies in this regard have been based on evacuation of people and rejection of the international resolutions on the issue.
The researcher also highlighted the harmony between the Israeli and the US stands regarding the refugee issue.
In his paper, Musalam Hilou probed the scope of concessions that can be offered by both the Palestinians and the Israelis on the refugees.
During Tuesday evening and Friday sessions, panelists are due to discuss the role Palestinians in Diaspora have played in the peace process and the peace agreement signed with Israel between 1991 and 1999. Another topic of deliberation will be the Arab, Israeli and international positions on the Diaspora Palestinians and the likely scenarios for a solution to the problem.
According to Jawad Hamad, director of Middle East Studies Center, the timing of the conference gains its importance from the fact that it comes before a final solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is reached.
Coordinator of the Lebanese Popular Committees, Maan Bashour, agreed with Hamad. He told Albawaba.com that the participation of such an array of politicians and intellectuals in the conference makes it an effective tool in finding a solution to the problem suffered by two thirds of the Palestinian people.
The assembly will conclude tomorrow with a statement including recommendations to be formulated by an ad hoc committee.
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