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Palestinians to hand over suspects

File - Palestinian Fatah militants secure the area near the house of Mahmoud Issa, in the refugee camp of Ain al-Hilweh near Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 23, 2011. (Mohammed Zaatari/The Daily Star)

SIDON, Lebanon: The Fatah Movement and other Palestinian factions voiced their readiness over the weekend to hand over individuals verified to have been involved in security-related incidents, reiterating their support for maintaining stability and security in the country. The pledge was made during a meeting Saturday in the Sidon suburb of Majdalyoun between Future MP Bahia Hariri and Fathi Abu al-Ardat, the representative of Fatah and the PLO in Lebanon. The two, accompanied by a Palestinian delegation, gathered to discuss recent security incidents in Lebanon and the situation in the Occupied Territories.

“Future and Palestinian officials stressed the need to thwart attempts to plunge Lebanon into the inferno of the Syria war and highlighted the need to neutralize the Palestinian camps and exclude them from the ongoing conflict, and its repercussions, to safeguard civil peace in Lebanon,” Future said.

Following the meeting Ardat said, “We support peace, stability and unity in this country, and we have informed MP Hariri that we will do our utmost to safeguard peace and stability and to uncover [the identities] of those mercenaries [responsible for the blasts].”

Asked about reports of Palestinian involvement in the recent security incidents, he said: “Anyone who is proven to be involved should be held accountable regardless of nationality. Cooperation is constant between us and the political, security and military authorities and we will cooperate to hand over anyone proven to be involved, to the judiciary, regardless of nationality.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on August 26, 2013, on page 3.

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