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President Aoun at UN: Lebanon Won’t Allow Naturalization of Any Refugee

Naharnet | September 21, 2017

The Lebanese President Michel Aoun stressed Thursday in his maiden speech before the UN General Assembly that Lebanon will not allow the naturalization of any Syrian or Palestinian refugee on its soil “no matter what that might cost.”

“The decision in this regard belongs to us and not to anyone else,” Aoun underlined.

Noting that the Syrian state is now in control of “85 percent of its territory,” the president emphasized that “there is an urgent need to organize the return of refugees to their country.”

“Some call for the refugees’ voluntary return and we call for their safe return and differentiate between the two concepts,” Aoun noted.

“The claim that they will not be safe should they return to their country is an unacceptable excuse… If the Syrian state is carrying out reconciliations with the armed groups that it is fighting, wouldn’t it be able to do so with refugees who had fled war?” the president asked.

He added: “The UN better help the refugees return home instead of helping them to stay in encampments that lack the least requirements of decent life.”

Separately and from the same UN podium, Aoun nominated Lebanon to become a “permanent, UN-affiliated center for dialogue among the various cultures, religions and races.”

“I hope the member states will back Lebanon in this demand, so that we can all work for peace, security and stability,” he added.

US President Donald Trump’s suggestion that refugees be resettled closer to home instead of brought to the United States has angered many in Lebanon, a tiny country hosting more than 1.5 million refugees.

The country of just 4 million is officially hosting more than 1 million Syrian refugees and some 500,000 Palestinians. The real numbers are likely higher as many don’t register with the UN.

September 21, 2017 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Is it any wonder that Lebanon(one of the “seven countries in 5 years”) are taking this stand? They know they are the next country in the Middle East targeted by Israel for destruction. They are also allies of Iran, and you can bet that if Israel can draw Lebanon into war(using U.S.Troops , as they usually do) they can attack Iran as well. AND, if they can get the USA to pay for it all, where else are they going to get a better deal?
    The USA should stay out of the Middle East. If Israel wants to take more land off the Arabs, let them do it themselves.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 21, 2017 | Reply


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