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Kerry’s speech violates int’l law, Palestinian rights

30 December 2016 18:02

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The Palestinian Return Center (PRC) slammed on Thursday a speech by the American Secretary of State, John Kerry, on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, saying his comments pose a danger for Palestinians’ rights, particularly the right of return.

According to PRC, the call of Kerry to resettle refugees in countries other than their homes is unacceptable and is a flagrant violation of the international law.

On the basis of its committed position in defending the rights of Palestinian refugees and as an organization in special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC, PRC confirmed that breaching the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees is against international law, UN resolutions, and the Universal Declaration for Human Rights, which all grant the right of return.

PRC added that ignoring the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees will indeed make attempts to achieve peace fail.

It noted that any discussions or negotiations should be based on and comply with international law. The right of return is well enshrined in international law.

PRC further stated that the reference of Kerry to the Nakba and Palestinian refugees’ plight is a new recognition of their suffering, adding that the only way to end it is to allow them to return to their native homes and villages.

On Wednesday, Kerry delivered a lengthy speech as part of his so-called “comprehensive peace vision.”

 

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