Monday, January 20, 2003

Jordan's King Abdullah: Iraq war will happen; Isreali ethnic cleansing will not.
"King Abdullah II of Jordan, a US ally who has repeatedly spoken out against war with eastern neighbour Iraq, acknowledged today that the chances of preventing a US-led conflict were now "tiny". "Jordan has made enormous diplomatic efforts with the major powers, but the chances of avoiding war are tiny given the realities in both the region and the world," the official Petra news agency quoted the king as saying.

"Turning to another neighbour, Israel, Abdullah ruled out suggestions that the Jewish state might seek to capitalise on the instability caused by a war to force an exodus of Palestinians from the occupied territories into Jordan. "That will not happen," he said."

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