Jordanian FM, EU Envoy Discuss Middle East Developments

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel Ilah al-Khatib on Thursday told the Europe's Middle East envoy Miguel Angel Moratinos that Palestinian refugees should be given the right to return to land occupied by Israel and compensated. 

Khatib made the remarks during talks with Moratinos who is visiting Jordan as part of a regional tour to discuss the latest Middle East developments with leaders in the area, the official Petra news agency said. 

Khatib reaffirmed Jordan's support for the "Palestinian people's right to independence and to set up an independent state in Jerusalem", Petra said. 

He also called for "lasting and fair" solutions to the issues facing the region, namely the question of 3.7 million Palestinian refugees registered by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). 

Khatib reiterated that Jordan wants that issue solved on the basis of UN General Assembly resolution 194 that stipulates "the right of the refugees to return and be compensated", Petra said. 

Jordan is home to around 1.5 million refugees and almost half the five million strong population is of Palestinian origin -- AMMAN (AFP) 



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