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Phalange party MP Elie Marouni told OTV on Tuesday that his party was keen on engaging in dialogue regarding the issue of granting Palestinian refugees in Lebanon their civil rights.

Marouni said the Phalange party was not invited to the first meeting of the March 14 alliance MPs last Thursday, which addressed the issue of Palestinian civil rights, and received a late invitation to the meeting last weekend which didn’t allow us time to prepare our file on the issue.

“We stress on preserving Lebanon’s sovereignty. There are civil rights to the Lebanese as well as the Palestinians,” Marouni added, stressing that the Lebanese also have the right to ensure that Palestinians don’t carry any arms outside the camps

Marouni denied there was any dispute between the Phalange party and the Lebanese Forces on the issue.

Last month , during an extraordinary session of the parliament Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt proposed a bill that grants Palestinian refugees in Lebanon civil rights and allows them to buy property. The bill was referred by Speaker Nabih Berri to the administrative and justice committee to study and submit recommendation to parliament .

Hezbollah and Amal MPs voted in favor of the bill, while the Phalange party , Lebanese Forces and Change and Reform blocs voted against it.

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