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Suleiman urges follow-up
on Syrian refugees issue

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said that further effort should be exerted to follow up on the decisions of the International Support Group for Lebanon regarding the Syrian refugees crisis.

 

“The international community should help Lebanon share the burden of the Syrian refugees,” Suleiman said during a meeting at the Baabda Presidential Palace with the ambassadors of the five permanent United Nations Security Council members on Friday.

 

“The outcome of the meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon was a road map for resolving the refugees issue… the issue requires following up, since funding is still limited.”

 

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly spoke to reporters following the meeting with Suleiman, saying that more countries should rally their support for Lebanon in its effort to provide shelter for the Syrian displaced.

 

“The members of the meeting commended Suleiman’s stances, welcomed the decisions of the international conference, and underlined the need for channeling more aid for Lebanon.”

 

In turn, European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst announced that the union will be pledging 70 million Euros to support the refugees relief efforts.

She also called for the formation of “a national government to manage the current crises.”

 

Last month, an international support group meeting took place on the margins of the UN General Assembly to discuss ways to provide Lebanon with support in its effort to tackle the overburdening issue of the large influx of refugees from war-torn Syria.

The international community should help Lebanon share the burden of the Syrian refugees.