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PA asks to participate in upcoming Geneva II conference
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 11/01/2014 14:33
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority representative to the UN in Geneva Ibrahim Khraishi said on Friday that the PA has applied to participate in an upcoming international summit to find a solution to the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Khraishi told Ma'an that PA foreign minister Riyadh al-Malki has sent letters to the United States, Russia, and UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon requesting to attend the Geneva II conference on January 22.

The conference will bring together the Syrian regime and opposition forces, along with a number of countries and international organizations, to discuss steps to end the civil war in Syria.

Khraishi stressed the importance of Palestinian representation at the conference due to the presence of around 500,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, whose conditions need to be monitored.

Khraishi added that they are still awaiting a response to their request and expect it to be discussed during an upcoming meeting of Arab ministers on Saturday and Sunday.

At least 1,500 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing Syria conflict, and around 250,000 Palestinian refugees have been forced to leave their homes in Syria due to violence in the country.

The Syrian conflict, which began as peaceful protests in March 2011 but developed into a civil war, has killed more than 130,000 people and prompted millions to flee their homes.
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1 ) Mel / USA
10/01/2014 19:33
Why? The PA hasn't even done anything to help Gazan or West Bank blockaded/occupied Palestinians,since its 'Israeli-annointed' birth! PA hasn't done anything CONCRETE for the Palestinians still within the occupied T's so how does it hope to set a strong example re: Arab refugees from Syria? It's kind of like hoping Il Duce will change A-dolfus! Redundant!The same people making Syria's refugees suffer are those

2 ) Mel / USA
10/01/2014 19:41
(cont):are the same funding the PA!
PA: "Qatar,help the refugees!"
Qatar:"No we're busy funding AQ,FSA,SNC&want hotels on Med beaches".
PA:"Riyadh,help the refugees!"
Riyadh:"We can't,we're funding ISIL&want Damascus!"
PA:"Obama,help the refugees!"
Obama:"We don't really care who dies!"
PA:"Hollande,help the refugees"
Hollande:"You can call me Emperor!"
Butcher Bibi:"HaHaHa,ain't this slaughter fun!"

3 ) jenya / usa
11/01/2014 16:52
Only countries and states can participate in any conferences. PA is stateless

4 ) Mira / France
12/01/2014 10:25
@ Mel What an absolute nonsense, Israel treated 600 wounded Syrians so far, (costing them a fortune!) without caring about on which side they are on, just to HELP! So refrain a bit form your biased stance! I will hold it for you that it was certainly not reported in the Pal's papers...

5 ) Rene / US
12/01/2014 11:00
Syria still (nominally) owns Syria. Syria and its allies should be there. Foreign forces should be prosecuted. This is the way it should be. Unfortunately the world doesn't operate as it should
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