Lebanon To Pursue Legal Rights to Return Syrian Refugees: Aoun

Lebanon To Pursue Legal Rights to Return Syrian Refugees: Aoun

Lebanon will pursue its legal rights to return Syrian refugees to their homeland, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday. “We developed a legal study about the stipulations of local, regional, and international laws with regard to dealing with the displaced; we will file complaints in international forums to obtain our rights, especially since Syria is willing to take back refugees and does not oppose this matter,” said Aoun in a statement released by the presidency. Aoun also expressed concern about comments made at the fifth Brussels Conference on Syria that encourage the integration of Syrian refugees into their host countries, saying that this approach did not take into consideration Lebanon’s deteriorating living conditions and the increasing crime rate. The repercussions of hosting huge numbers of Syrian refugees were too much for Lebanon to bear, he said. Issam Charafeddine, Lebanon’s caretaker minister of the displaced, launched a plan last month to return 15,000 Syrian refugees monthly to their home country, but the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees disagreed with some of its terms and has withdrawn from the tripartite Lebanese-Syrian-UN committee proposed by Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees are living in Lebanon, which, on a per capita basis, hosts more refugees than any other country in the world.

Give the Gift of Truth This Jewish New Year

The Media Line has been leading for more than twenty years in pioneering the American independent news agency in the Middle East, arguably the first in the region. We have always stayed true to our mission: to provide you with contextual sourced and trustworthy news. In an age of fake news masquerading as journalism, The Media Line plays a crucial role in providing fact-based news that deserves your support.

We're proud of the dozens of young students we've trained in our Press and Policy Student Program who will form the vanguard of the next generation of journalists to the benefit of countless millions of news readers.

Non-profit news needs public support. please help us with your generous contributions.
The Media Line
We thank our loyal readers and wish you all the happiest of holidays.

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics