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Dahabi Patronizes "Hosts and Donors" meeting.

Prime Minister Nader Dahabi on Wednesday , said Palestinian refugees issue can't be viewed apart from the whole Arab-Israeli conflict since this issue was the main result of the conflict.

The premier stressed, in a speech delivered by Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh at the opening of the "Hosts and Donors" meeting at the Dead Sea, that any future settlement of the conflict must take into account the refugees issue, affirming Jordan's stance to solve the refugees issue on the basis of the United Nations resolution no.194 which guarantees their rights of return and compensation.

Dahabi asserted that the Arab-Israeli conflict can't come to an end without ending occupation of all Arab lands and establishing a viable and independent Palestinian state on the Palestinian national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital in line with credible terms of reference namely the Arab peace initiative.

Dahabi renewed Jordan's condemnation of all Israeli unilateral measures and settlement activities in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, particularly violations against Al Aqsa mosque, adding that Jerusalem is a red line.

He said the meeting comes as the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UNRAW, marks the 60th anniversary of its establishment, he added that six decades of injustice should end.

The Premier said that Jordan hosts 42 percent of the total number of Palestinian refugees in the agency's five areas of operation.

Despite limited resources, Dahabi added, Jordan, which hosts the largest number of Palestinian refugees, has been providing services and care to refugees for 60 years, noting that Jordan spends annually on refugees more than UNRWA's budget.

He said the government was following with deep concern over the agency's situation, especially the gap between available funds and demands.

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Date:Nov 18, 2009
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