Derbas Denies Rift with Bassil, Says Syrian Refugees Camps to be Erected in Buffer Zones

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Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas denied on Saturday any rift with Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, stressing that the cabinet had agreed to establish camps for Syrian refugees outside Lebanese territories or in buffer zones along the border with Syria.

Derbas ruled out in remarks published in local newspapers the differences with Bassil over the appropriate ways to resolve the crisis.

The cabinet is mulling the establishment of camps in buffer zones between the Lebanese border crossing al-Masnaa and Jdeidet Yabous crossing on the Syrian side.

“Bassil's stance doesn't oppose the government's policy,” the minister said.

On Friday, the foreign minister warned of the rising tensions between the Lebanese people and Syrian refugees due to the burden the latter is posing on Lebanon, rejecting the establishment of camps for the displaced within the country.

He said during a press conference: “Legitimizing Syrian refugee camps is a violation of the constitution, which speaks against nationalization.”

“We request that the Syrian authorities set up camps for the displaced within Syrian territories,” he added.

Lebanon currently hosts 1.1 million refugees, the highest number at 38 percent of Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn country for other countries in the region.

The U.N. says the country needs $1.6 billion (1.2 billion euros) for 2014 to be able to cope with the refugee crisis, but that only 23 percent of this has been gathered.

According to Central Bank of Lebanon statistics, the country faces a financial burden of $4.5 billion because of the refugee crisis.

In May, the Lebanese authorities took a decision to ban Syrian refugees from heading to their country or lose their status.



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Missing karim.. 05 July 2014, 09:19

I agree with Derbas, establish camps in the border regions. Enough is enough.

Missing imagine_1979 05 July 2014, 09:42

May i add karim under joint lebanese armed force an UN watch?.. I think if assad regime planes comes and bombard those camps the lebanese armed forces wont really tackle the issu so maybe UN will be needed for that, as well as dirrect suppervision by UN may reduce the milions lost on the way between the charity givers and the refugies...

Missing imagine_1979 05 July 2014, 09:48

And just a coment about bassil offer to pit camps inside syria:
Imagine under israelly invasion (or attach like in 2006 u put camps in south lebanon like in khiyam for exemple for the lebanese fleeing the bombardments?? A lot of those fled to syria as well as in north lebanon beirut mont lebanon and they were helpd by locals, given shelter, food... So humanity there please, those are people leaving everything behind and trying to same there familly, and bassil wants to make them camps inside syria.. Why not in mazeh?...
Anyway, that's how i see thing...

Thumb kanaanljdid 05 July 2014, 10:25

A buffer zone with inhabitants is not a buffer zone anymore...

Anyway, we can't complain that Lebanon has to undergo side effects of the war in Syria while Lebanon officially take part in this war with the implication of Hizbullah -officially part of the Lebanese government and parliament.

Two solutions: Hizbullah out of Lebanon, or else we stop to complain and accept all the refugees from Syria.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 05 July 2014, 18:04

just build the same number of camps in Lebanon as much as there is in the entire gulf countries