PLO officials in Syria for talks on refugees

GAZA CITY, February 11, 2013 (Ma’an) – A high-level PLO delegation arrived in Damascus on Sunday to discuss the situation of Palestinian refugees in Syria, a PLO official said.

The aim of the visit is to ensure the return of the Palestinians to their homes. Many have had to flee Syria or have been internally displaced due to the fightings between the Syrian armby and the opposition forces that also found its way into the Palestinian refugee camps.

Head of the delegation is Zakaria al-Agha, a Fatah official and Chariman of the PLO’s Refugee Affairs Department. The delegation also includes PLO member and PA minister Ahmad Majdalani and Mahmoud al-Khalidi, the Palestinian ambassador to Syria.

According to Al-Agha, the delegation is to meet with Syrian officials, faction representatives in the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria as well as officials from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. The delegation will also visit Lebanon to assess the situation of the Palestinian refugees who fled across the border there.

Al-Agha said the PLO wants to help improve Palestinian-Syrian relations, and find a way to keep Palestinians out of the conflict. They are also to discuss ways to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian refugees and to provide a decent life for them until they return to their camps inside Syrian territory.

In November an estimate by the PLO counted 600 Palestinians who had been killed in the Syrian conflict.

Source: Ma’an News