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Abbas Concludes Lebanon Visit, Says Security in Refugee Camps to Be Imposed by Lebanese State PDF Print E-mail
Written by Naharnet, Dailystar   
Wednesday, 09 December 2009

President Michel Sleiman Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
President Michel Sleiman Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas: Palestinians 'guests' in Lebanon, presence temporary

Abbas: Palestinians 'guests' in Lebanon, presence temporary

Daily Star staff
Wednesday, December 09, 2009

BEIRUT: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas concluded a two-day visit to Lebanon on Tuesday with a news conference at the Habtoor Hotel in Sin al-Fil, where he told reporters that Palestinian refugees were “guests in Lebanon.” He reiterated Lebanon’s full authority and sovereignty over all Palestinian refugee camps while underscoring that the refugees’ presence was temporary, until a comprehensive peace solution was reached.

Tackling Palestinian domestic issues, Abbas said: “If Hamas persists in its refusal to allow the [presidential and parliamentary] polls to take place in Gaza, I will not agree to the vote in the West Bank.”

The Palestinian electoral commission said last month that the polls called for January should be postponed because the vote could not be organized in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

Abbas had called the presidential and parliamentary elections for January 24, when the four-year mandate of the current Hamas-dominated Parliament runs out.

Abbas said he stood by his decision not to stand for re-election as president.

“I have not changed my mind and this decision is neither a maneuver, nor a tactic nor a joke,” he said.

The bitter rift between Fatah and Hamas goes back to the start of limited Palestinian self-rule in the 1990s, when strongmen of the secular Fatah cracked down on the Islamist militant group.

Tensions jumped during the last parliamentary polls in January 2006 when Hamas, standing for the first time in a national ballot, won an upset victory over the long-dominant Fatah.

Before leaving Beirut on Tuesday, Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a lunch in honor of Abbas in downtown Beirut, where they discussed regional and Palestinian issues. – The Daily Star, with AFP



Abbas discusses Palestinian issues with Geagea, Hariri
December 8, 2009

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke to Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea over the telephone on Tuesday and discussed the living conditions of the Palestinians in Lebanon. The LF issued a statement following the conversation saying that both Geagea and Abbas stressed the importance of constant communication to resolve issues concerning Lebanese and Palestinians.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a lunch on Tuesday in honor of Abbas in downtown Beirut, where they discussed regional and Palestinian issues. Former PM Fouad Siniora also attended the lunch. 

-NOW Lebanon



Abbas Concludes Lebanon Visit, Says Security in Refugee Camps to Be Imposed by Lebanese State

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are built on Lebanese land and that the refugees are temporary guests despite their long presence in Lebanon. He denied the reports about joint security committees or a Palestinian battalion to preserve security, considering that "the security issue was a task for the Lebanese State."

"The right of return is sacred and it was discussed with former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert before his resignation," added Abbas from his residence before leaving Beirut on Tuesday.

Abbas stressed that there was "no alternative for peace but peace" that is reached through negotiations, based on the borders of 1967 as agreed with U.S. President Barrack Obama. He demanded to resume negotiations with the Israeli side from the point it stopped at last time.

The Palestinian president urged respect for the international resolutions, starting by Resolution 194 to Resolution 1515 and all of the Middle East crisis-related U.N. Security Council resolutions. 

Beirut, 08 Dec 09, 19:11



Abbas from Baabda: Reports About Issuing Passports to Palestinians Not True

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Lebanon on Monday for talks with Lebanese officials on relations and the plight of Palestinian refugees.

"Reports about issuing passports to Palestinians are not true," Abbas told reporters following a meeting with President Michel Suleiman at Baabda Palace.

"The presence of Palestinians is temporary in Lebanon. We are coordinating security issues with the Lebanese government," he added.

His brief trip comes amid renewed efforts to revive the Middle East peace process and concern among politicians that any deal on the issue of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon would be at the expense of the Lebanese.

Later on Monday, Abbas met with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain al-Tineh. He also met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Grand Serail and said after the meeting: "What we read in the ministerial Policy Statement is good, but it is still early to comment on before it gains the Parliament's vote of confidence."

In an interview published Monday, Abbas said he categorically rejects the permanent resettlement of hundreds of thousands of refugees in Lebanon.

"Until our problem is solved, we are guests in Lebanon, and we refuse any nation other than our own and any solution other than the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 194," on the Palestinian right to return to their former homeland, Abbas told Al-Liwaa newspaper.

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) lists almost 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

But Lebanese and Palestinian officials say the actual number may be as low as 250,000 as UNRWA does not strike off its list those who emigrate.

Most of the refugees who remain live in dire conditions in 12 camps across the country of four million inhabitants.(AFP-Naharnet)
Beirut, 07 Dec 09, 12:07



Intifada at Palestinian Camps in Tyre Ahead of Abbas' Visit to Beirut

Scores of Fatah officers have launched an uprising against the movement's National Security Forces official in Lebanon Brig. Gen. Adib al-Hassan to protest a new shake-up within the military ranks in the Palestinian refugee camps of Tyre.

Sources close to the protestors told As Safir daily that their "Intifada" came after al-Hassan gave leadership responsibilities to a single commander rather than having three people in charge of security at each camp.

As Safir said the officers held talks at one of Fatah's headquarters at Rashidiyeh camp and decided to refuse the shake-up which "limits their authorities." However, al-Hassan retaliated by withdrawing their allowances.

The sources told the newspaper that there are around 600 Fatah officers in camps in the Tyre area in southern Lebanon, including 400 in Rashidiyeh.

As Safir said that the conferees sent a letter of protest to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the Central Committee and the movement's leadership urging the Fatah chief to "immediately interfere to solve the situation before it goes out of hand."

The letter also said that the officers lack social and administrative needs and are suffering because of "al-Hassan's moody stances."

Furthermore, the conferees accused al-Hassan of being responsible for what they called a chaos within the ranks of the National Security Forces-Lebanon.

Abbas will make a brief visit to Lebanon on Monday for talks with President Michel Suleiman on bilateral relations and the plight of Palestinian refugees.

During his visit Abbas will also discuss the Middle East peace process and the rebuilding of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon. 
Beirut, 05 Dec 09, 08:05

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