Condoleezza Rice: send Palestinian refugees to South America

Palestinian boys in Rafah refugee camp, Gaza Strip. Condoleezza Rice suggested sending refugees to Chile and Argentina. Photograph: Abid Katib/Getty Images

The United States proposed giving Palestinian refugees land in South America as a radical solution to a problem that has haunted Middle Eastpeace talks for decades.

Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administration’s secretary of state, wanted to settle displaced Palestinians in Argentina and Chile as an alternative to letting them return to former homes in Israel and the occupied territories. Rice made the proposal in a June 2008 meeting with US, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Berlin, according to minutes of the encounter seen by the Guardian.

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