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Jordanian MP urges government to reveal details of US peace plan

March 10, 2014 at 3:19 pm

The Chairman of the Palestine Committee in the Jordanian Parliament, Yahya al-Saud MP has urged the Jordanian government to reveal the details of the peace plan proposed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, which aims at reaching a final solution to the Palestinian issue.

Saud criticized his government’s secrecy about Kerry’s visits to the Kingdom during which he met with Jordanian officials, saying that the parliament needs to be fully aware of the details of those meetings to be able to formulate a clear position towards the proposed peace plan.

Al-Saud said in a statement to the Saudi Arabian newspaper, Al Sharq Al Awsat, that his committee had requested a meeting with Jordan’s Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to discuss Kerry’s plan and Jordan’s position towards it, but the minister postponed the meeting citing previous travel engagements. Several Jordanian MPs have signed a memorandum demanding to meet with government officials to discuss Kerry’s proposed agreement.

Al-Saud said that any future peace agreement should guarantee the Palestinians’ rights including the right of the refugees to return and to have their independent state with East Jerusalem including the Old City as its capital. He added that Jordan must not have any security role in the final status agreement; whether to accept the deployment of international troops on its territories or having Israeli troops in the West Bank under Palestinian sovereignty, he warned.

Meanwhile, Jordan’s Prime Minister Abdullah Nsoor said before parliament last Tuesday that Jordan is not part of any deal to protect Israeli borders. Jordan will only respect the security arrangements which the Palestinians accept, he said.

MP Mustafa Yaghi, who represents Al Baqa’a refugee camp (one of the largest Palestinian refugee camps) told Al Sharq Al Awsat that the Palestinian refugees in Jordan refuse any final solution which undermines their right to return to historic Palestine occupied in 1948.