Saad Hariri Clarifies Ultimate Solution to Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

Anastasia Pr | 13 June, 2018
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Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri clarified on Tuesday the ultimate solution to the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, in light of recent developments in Syria.

According to the National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon – an official news agency affiliated to the Lebanese Ministry of Information – Hariri said: “The ultimate solution to the refugee crisis – in Lebanon’s view as well as for the United Nations (UN) -  is returning to Syria”.

Hariri made these remarks after receiving UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Lebanon Philippe Lazzarini and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Lebanon Mireille Girard.

Hariri emphasized that “What we have concluded is that the ultimate solution to the Syrian refugee crisis is their return home [to Syria], and this is what you will [also] hear directly from [the UN]”, noting that “our meeting was important because, in both our view and theirs, the UN and UNCHR are our partners in resolving this issue”.

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in official calls to find a solution to the crisis and ensure the return of refugees to Syria in Lebanon, what with the Assad regime gaining control of more than half of Syria and establishing – what the Lebanese authorities would consider – ‘stability’ in several areas in the country.

A report by the UNCHR in Lebanon indicated that there were 997,905 documented Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the majority of whom were women and children, at the end of 2017. In comparison, the UNCHR reported 1,116,366 registered in December 2016.

 

Translated By: Anastasia Pr