Abul Sabh was speaking on Wednesday in response to French president Francois Hollande’s statement that the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah could give up the right of return.
He said that the right of return was guaranteed by the international law, adding that the 13th article of the international declaration of human rights stipulates:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State.
Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
The minister said that the right of return is the individual and collective right of more than six million Palestinian refugees who were displaced by occupation.
He underlined that the right of return is “a national, sacred right” according to the international law and the international declaration of human rights that was issued on 10th December 1948.
Abul Sabh said that RoR was not for bargaining or negotiations and could not be surrendered or replaced or amended.
Hollande revealed in statements published by Hebrew daily Ha’aretz that the PA leadership had displayed flexibility regarding RoR in return for its demand of halting Israeli settlement activity.