King: settlement policies threaten Palestinian rights to independent state

By Xinhua,

Amman : Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned in Britain on Thursday that continued Israeli settlement policies threaten Palestinian rights to an independent state, according to a statement by the Jordan’s Royal Hashemite Court.

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The King, who made the remarks during talks with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, said that achieving peace and living in security and stability in the region would not be realized through settlement construction or by ignoring the historic rights of the Palestinian people.

He also said ending the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and meeting Palestinian aspirations for freedom and independence are the only means to build a secure and stable Middle East.

The King stressed the need to build on international efforts during the past few months to advance the peace process between the Palestine and Israel.

On Wednesday, the King made an impassioned plea for peace in the Middle East, calling on the world to come together to help reconcile Israelis and Palestinians.

“While the conflict continues, people on both sides lose. It is time to help people win,” he said on a visit to his alma mater, Oxford University, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate.

King Abdullah is on a several-day working visit to Britain with his wife, Queen Rania.