Report: Canada pledges to absorb Palestinian refugees as part of peace deal

January 20, 2014 12:32

Palestinian sources expect Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to give assurances to the Ramallah government that Canada officially pledges to absorb refugees from neighboring Arab countries as part of a final status peace settlement with Israel, according to Israel Radio.

Citing a report in the Arab-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, Israel Radio quotes Palestinian sources as saying that Harper is likely to state these assurances during his meeting on Monday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Numerous Arab media outlets have reported in recent days that US Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed that Palestinian refugees be relocated to either Canada or Australia in the event that an agreement is reached between Israel and the PA.

The right of return of refugees who either fled or were displaced during the 1948 War of Independence is considered one of the more sensitive issues dividing the parties in the Middle East dispute.

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