Strasbourg, 05.04.2013 - “Jordan urgently needs the support of the international community in order to cope with the immense necessities of the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees whom it harbours on its territory. Merely fulfilling the basic needs of the 140,000 Syrian refugees placed in the Za’atri camp, which our delegation visited, costs a million dollars a day. And over 2 000 new refugees are arriving at Za’atri every day,” Josette Durrieu (France, SOC), Chair of the Assembly Sub-Committee on the Middle East, declared today after their visit to Jordan on 6 and 7 April.
“In the troubled Middle East, Jordan remains a stable country and, while a good number of reforms have been undertaken by the authorities, many others are still called for,” she added. “In this context, and with the region destabilised by the Israeli-Palestinian problem and the conflict in Syria, the international community needs a stable Jordan,” Ms Durrieu concluded.
During its visit, the delegation was received in Amman in a private audience by King Abdullah II. It met the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Speaker of the House and the Arab and International Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Jordan, representatives of the political parties and the diplomatic community, and visited the Za’atri camp for Syrian refugees with the UNCHR.
The delegation is continuing its visit until Tuesday in the Palestinian Territories with meetings in Ramallah with the Palestinian President, the Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Minister for Prisoners, members of the Palestinian Legislative Council, the chief negotiator of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian delegation to PACE, NGOs and diplomatic representatives. The delegation is also to visit the Beit Eil settlement and the Am’ari camp for Palestinian refugees, together with the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
During these visits, Pietro Marcenaro (Italy, SOC), rapporteur on the Middle East, and Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), rapporteur on evaluation of the Partnership for Democracy in respect of the
Palestinian National Council, will gather material for the preparation of their respective reports.
The sub-committee plans a similar visit to Israel shortly.