Lebanese President Michel Aoun affirmed, today, Wednesday, that Lebanon rejects any tendency to integrate Syrian refugees in their places of residence.
Report to the United Nations
The Lebanese presidency’s account on Twitter reported that Aoun informed the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria, Najat Rushdie, that his country rejected any tendency to integrate the displaced Syrians in their places of residence.
The role of European countries
Aoun indicated that European countries should act on this basis, as he put it.
The position of the UNHCR
The Minister of the Displaced in the Lebanese caretaker government, Issam Sharaf El-Din, announced recently that the UNHCR had given them an initial response by rejecting the return of the displaced to Syria.
The Lebanese minister said in a press statement: “We have a bilateral agreement between Lebanon and Syria. If it culminates with the Commission, there will be gains, and we are in dialogue.”
We can’t stand it!
Earlier, the Lebanese Minister of Labor, Mustafa Bayram, stated that his country is no longer able to bear the Syrian refugee file and control it for the benefit of other countries.
Bayram indicated in press statements last April that the Lebanese state is no longer able to approach this file and guarantee it completely.
One and a half million refugees
The number of Syrian refugees residing in Lebanon is approximately 1.5 million, about 900,000 of whom are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and most of them suffer from difficult living conditions.
Lebanon is experiencing an unprecedented crisis, with a shortage of fuel, food and other necessary materials as a result of the deteriorating economic conditions in the country, and the devaluation of the currency.
The World Bank described this crisis in Lebanon as the worst in a century and a half.
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