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PLO presents plan to end violence in Syria refugee camps
Published Wednesday 24/07/2013 (updated) 26/07/2013 18:13
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DAMASCUS (Ma'an) -- A PLO delegation on Wednesday presented an initiative to the Syrian government to disarm and pacify Palestinian refugee camps in the country.

Zakaria al-Agha, Chairman of the PLO's Refugee Affairs Department, said that the initiative called for an end to all fighting in the camps, freedom of movement, and the rebuilding of damaged infrastructure as a result of fighting.

The plan also called for the release of prisoners being held without charge by the Syrian government.

"We have contacted all parties involved in order to implement this initiative. It was welcomed and encouraged by Syrian officials and the ideas and terms of the initiative will be implemented in the coming days," al-Agha said.

The PLO delegation met with Syrian deputy minister of foreign affairs Faisal al-Miqdad to discuss the protection and pacification of Palestinian camps.

Armed groups have infiltrated refugee camps across the country, displacing tens of thousands of Palestinians, al-Agha said. The PLO's primary objective is to return all displaced persons to their homes and provide them with adequate living conditions.

In June, UNRWA's commissioner general described Palestinian refugee camps in Syria as "theaters of war."

"Killings, kidnappings, poverty, destruction and fear have become part of daily life," Filippo Grandi said.

More than half of the 530,000 Palestinian refugees registered in Syria have been displaced and 15 percent have fled abroad, including 60,000 to neighboring Lebanon and over 7,000 to Jordan.

Palestinian officials insist that refugees in Syria are not involved in the deadly war rocking the country, citing security concerns for the vulnerable refugee population if they are perceived to take sides.

But Syria's uprising has split Palestinian loyalties, with many ordinary Palestinians sympathetic to the uprising by their fellow Sunnis, and others recalling the Syrian government's long-support for Palestinians.

In March, the Action Group for Palestinians of Syria said that over 1,377 Palestinians had been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, with that number thought to have increased significantly since then.
1 ) Mel / USA
24/07/2013 17:13
Better still,all Palestinians in the diaspora,surrounding states/nations should make"Exodus"& head home to their Palestine,their homes,ancestry,history on a"Land"that always had"a people",B4 "stiff-necked",ungrateful,invaders from Eurasia came & persecuted,expelled them&droned their children,bunker-buster-ed their lives.Don't rebuild dispersed refugee camps.Go back to your Palestine & RE-OCCUPY what's yours!You have the house keys!Turn them around!Refugee camps(to be ghettoes again)won't SURFICE!

2 ) Yehdua Solomon / Israel
24/07/2013 19:32
@ 10, No, Mel, you're not just talking today ... you're blabbering like hell. No, the Palestinians don't have the "house keys" to return to Israel (those "keys" were thrown out damn long time ago). While many Palestinians do continue to live in their "rent-free space" west of the Jordan River, those Palestinian refugees suffering the horrors of displacement in Syria should instead go TO their homeland, Jordan/Palestine (as you, being a long-time commenter here, already know is my (cont.)

3 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
24/07/2013 19:47
position). (So when you're talking about making "Exodus" to THAT part of historical Palestine ... you're right.) You're also damn right about not rebuilding any refugee camps. (Glad you see that my way ... maybe there's hope for you, yet.) Separately ... the PLO's Refugees Affairs Dept. should constantly pressure the U.S., the U.N., the Quartet and EU to send massive aid to Jordan/Palestine to help all the diaspora Palestinians settle their permanently. There IS no alternative.

4 ) Arnold / Canada
24/07/2013 21:55
Mel / USA. They are Palestinian heritage born in Syria. They are then Syrians of Palestinian background. Same goes for those born in Iraq, Lebanon , Egypt , and of course the true home.... Jordon.

5 ) Mel / USA
24/07/2013 23:11
#2/3:One man's"blabbering"=another's truth!Ask the global nations(UNGA)who proved truth,with their VOTES!No more refugee camps,Palestinians.Make Exodux from diaspora,return HOME,RE-OCCUPY your land.You have the KEYS ready to put in the locks or put your own tents up &build your LEGAL outposts in your homeland!Call it NATIONAL affirmative action.Test out USG.Expose the bias!Better to resist than"recognize the false superiority of your oppressors"(MLK Jnr)

6 ) southparkbear / usa
25/07/2013 01:03
sunni go to northern iraq shia south

7 ) Abbas / Ramallah
25/07/2013 03:16
Palestinians are always required to unarm themselves in a century that has abused Palestinians , none defends Palestinians like Palestinians . We should surrender the only thing we have to defend ourselves. And allow sabra and shatila refugee camp massacre all over again. None defended us there So presidents can gain

8 ) she who swallows it / Sweden
25/07/2013 10:21
Time for the Arabs in Jordan to open up more land, in a virtually empty Jordan. In able to let these Arabs to prosper not fester . If the Juice can make their dessert bloom the Arabs can with Israel's tried and tested technology. But you know only too well that will not happen, the Arabs just have left them as political pawns.

9 ) Patricia / Ireland
25/07/2013 10:27
Why hasn't a PLO delegation presented an initiative to the Lebanese government to disarm and pacify Arabs in Lebanon?

25/07/2013 13:40
To tell the truth no refugee will get back to his homeland as long as the one Arab nation is not united under areal patriotic and national leader not like those so_called leaders either inGaza or west bank.

11 ) southparkbear / usa
25/07/2013 14:52
to tell the truth-er (bigger truth), no job is completely risk free. even a 'refugee' job. as we all know titles are not what they used to be

12 ) Paul Francis / Italy
05/01/2014 19:01
Me thinks the continued naming of PLO rather dated and distastful. A perfect example of a non starter in these Kerry "peace" effort farse. Be honest you want to, as you have stated, to re occupy the whole land to the Med. Hamas says this so why not anounce it again clarly now to one & all.
Its funny King Hussein has the West bank for 17 years? Ditton Egypt with Gaza. Did you ever hezar it was a good idea to establish an independent State there ? Answer is Never !
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