Alternative homeland for Palestinians 'illusion': King

تم نشره في Mon 24 February / Feb 2014. 05:11 PM - آخر تعديل في Mon 24 February / Feb 2014. 05:13 PM
  • His Majesty King Abdullah (front 2nd L) and Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam (behind) review the guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at the Istana Presidential palace in Singapore on February 24, 2014 (AFP)

AMMAN – His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday described as "illusion" talk about an "alternative homeland" for the Palestinians.

"Jordan is Jordan and Palestine is Palestine and nothing but that, not the in the past or the future," he said during a meeting with a host of officials, including Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, according to a statement issued by the Jordanian Royal Court.

US-brokered peace talks between the two sides had resumed last July after a three-year hiatus.

Last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry presented both sides with a proposed framework for an eventual peace agreement that addresses "final status issues" – namely, borders, security, and the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem.

The proposed framework has raised worries in Jordan about reaching a Palestinian-Israeli deal at the expense of Jordan.

King Abdullah said Jordan is familiar with all the details of the US-sponsored peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel.

"We will not accept anything that tampers with the future of our people and our homeland," he said.

Palestinian-Israeli talks hit a snag following the self-proclaimed Jewish state's recent announcement that it had planned to build a host of new Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian negotiators insist that Israeli settlement construction must stop before a comprehensive final-status agreement can be reached. (AA)

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