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Lebanese President Emile Lahoud onWednesday stressed that Palestinian refugees should have the right to
return to their homeland and have a country of their own.

The Arab-Israeli conflict cannot produce a fair and comprehensive
solution if the legitimate rights of Palestinians are not guaranteed,
Lahoud said at a meeting with Abbas Zaki, member of the Fatah central
committee.

Lebanon is against accommodating Palestinian refugees in other
Arab countries while insisting that they must have the right to
return to their homeland, the president said.

With regard to the 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in
Lebanon, Lahoud said his country will try to protect their security
and offer them political and social care, which will be conducive to
the stability of the Lebanese society.

Zaki also brought Lahoud a letter from Palestinian leader Mahmoud
Abbas about the latest developments of the coming Israeli withdrawal
from the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian envoy arrived here over the weekend. He has met
with various Lebanese officials in the past three days.
www.chinaview.cn 2005-08-11
Source: BEIRUT- 11/08/2005


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