President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, called Sunday on the international community to “work to end the suffering of the Palestinian people by restoring the right to its owners, achieving a just and comprehensive peace, in accordance with the relevant United Nations resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative, and securing the return of the Palestinians of the diaspora to their homes from which they were displaced, respecting the right of return as stipulated by UN General Assembly Resolution No. 194 of 11/12/1948, which affirmed the Palestinian refugees’ return right and the necessity to work on their relief until their return, in addition to protecting the holy places, placing the city of Jerusalem under effective United Nations monitoring, and guaranteeing freedom of access to it due to its association with the three monotheistic religions.”
Aoun considered that “the conditions in which the Palestinian refugees live have declined dramatically in several countries, including Lebanon, which is facing major unprecedented crises that have negatively impacted the families of the Palestinian refugees who have been there since 1948, as well as on those who have been displaced from Syrian territories.”
“The suffering of the Palestinian people has increased at home and abroad, as the Palestinians are still living a daily struggle with the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and they seek to provide the most basic requirements of a normal life,” he maintained.
President Aoun’s positions came in a message of solidarity addressed to the Chairman of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Cheikh Niang, in commemoration of the “International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People”.