International community is backing
Lebanon, UN chief says

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the determination of the international community to support Lebanon confronting threats that have resulted from the crisis in Syria.


“The international community has shown unity in its support for the stability of Lebanon,” Ban said in remarks published by An-Nahar newspaper on Tuesday.


“Through establishing the International Support Group for Lebanon, the UN will be working with key partners to activate the political support and… shoulder Lebanon in its effort to remain strong and secure.”


The UN chief also commended Lebanon’s “amazing resistance in the face of the contagion of the war in Syria.”


The Beirut daily also published the details of upcoming meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.


According to the daily, the support group’s goal is to “provide a platform of support that points to the commitment of the ongoing unified international community to support Lebanon’s stability and its policy of dissociation, as well as its state institutions.”


It added that the group’s aim was not “to devise a mechanism to coordinate financial aid and other [aid] commitments.”


The paper also stated that the door will remain open for donor organizations and various organizations to join the International Support Group for Lebanon to add to the main members that include the UN, China, Russia, France, the United States, the European Union, the Arab League, the World Bank and others.


In addition to the political and security tension affecting Lebanon as a result of the Syrian crisis, the country is facing difficulties dealing with the increasing number of refugees fleeing Syria’s violent uprising against the Assad regime, which, according to the UN, has killed more than 100,000 people since its outbreak in March 2011.


Earlier in the month caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati attended a meeting in Geneva to discuss the refugees crisis with representatives of other host countries.


During the Geneva meeting, the UN refugee agency and Syria's overburdened neighbors Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq urged the international community to put differences aside and find a common solution to end the "cycle of horror.”

The international community has shown unity in its support for the stability of Lebanon.