Abdullah: Absence of peace destroying Palestinians

May 18, 2007 16:03


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Jordan's ruler sounded the alarm Friday, telling a gathering of some 1,000 world politicians and businessmen that the absence of peace and prolonged Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories have exacerbated Palestinian suffering. "There can be no more delay," King Abdullah II warned in a speech, opening the three-day meetings of the Geneva-based World Economic Forum on the shores of the Dead Sea. The king said that three of every five Palestinians looking for work can't find a job, and that hundreds of thousands are living in misery. "This suffocating situation has brought poverty, malnutrition, frustration and radicalization," Abdullah added.

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