Azzi, Lazzarini meet: To start Syrians repatriation project

Minister of Labor, Sejaan Azzi, received on Friday the UNDP Permanent Representative in Lebanon and the UN coordinator for humanitarian affairs, Philippe Lazzarini, with whom he discussed the Syrian refugees and file and the report of the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the possibility of refugees’ neutralization.

The Minister said “this meeting has demonstrated once again that representatives of the UN in Lebanon, including Lazzarini, do not seek to resettle Syrians in Lebanon. These representatives have a humanitarian and social mission of improving the situation of refugees. However, all the measures required by donor countries inevitably lead, one way or another, to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.”

“In all fairness, the report prepared by the Secretary General of the UN does not apply directly to Lebanon. However, Lebanon is concerned by this trend that no one can impose. We stress the importance to establish a program for their return home instead,” he said.

Lazzarini said “migrants are up to 60 million worldwide and we must find technical solutions to this crisis.”

“With regard to Lebanon, Ban was clear during his visit about the return of Syrian refugees by peaceful means and in a progressive manner. The Lebanese authorities, for their part, adopted a clear position under the Constitution, concerning the refusal of entry. The UN supports Lebanon in this context,” he concluded.

Source: National News Agency

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