Lebanon needs more aid to support Syrian refugees

Lebanon needs more aid to support Syrian refugees
Fri Oct 18, 2013 15:54:00

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman says international financial aid offered to Lebanon to cope with influx of Syrian refugees into the country is not enough.

“The financial contribution [of donor countries] is not enough and the participation in sharing the number of refugees is not enough,” said Sleiman in a meeting at Baabda Palace with the International Support Group for Lebanon to follow up on decisions were taken at a meeting held in New York last month.

“Shelters [for refugees] inside Syria were not established and the path of the Geneva [negotiations] seems to remain obstructed,” he added.

Sleiman told the ambassadors that the recent meeting in New York was successful but that the decisions resulting from the international meeting still needed to be implemented.

“There is a consensus that the New York meeting was successful in both its form and content, and what is required now is to follow up on the important conclusions that were issued at the meeting and the strategy and programs that should be adopted to implement them, he said.

“These conclusions are a roadmap to what can be done,” he added.

The Lebanese president also called for holding a new conference for donor countries and further meetings for the International Support Group for Lebanon to follow up on the New York meeting.

The meeting in New York was attended by the heads of mission or delegation of the Arab League, China, the European Union, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. The UN, Special Coordinator for Lebanon and representatives of the UNHCR and the World Bank were also present.

An international meeting at the UN General Assembly in September pledged $339 million in additional humanitarian aid in response to the Syrian crisis, including $74 million for Lebanon to support refugees.

The UN is assisting more 794,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and there are hundreds of thousands more who remain uncounted.


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