Berri: Lebanon Rejects All Forms of Settlement

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After calls voiced by US President Donald Trump for seeking an approach for refugees settlement in their home region, Lebanon's parliament rejected on Wednesday the approach assuring that “there will be no settlement for refugees in Lebanon.”

“In the name of lawmakers, and according to Lebanon's constitution, Lebanon's land is one for all the Lebanese and 'there shall be ... no settlement of non-Lebanese in Lebanon'” Speaker Nabih Berri said after a parliament meeting in Nejmeh Square.

The lawmakers stressed that “permanent settlement violates the Constitution,” they said: “In accordance with the Constitution, the land of Lebanon is one for all Lebanese. There will be no classification of people or land and there will be no settlement of non-Lebanese.”

At the UN General Assembly in New York, Trump had called on countries hosting refugees to “seek an approach to refugee resettlement,” to “enable their eventual return to their home countries to be part of the rebuilding process.”

Lebanon hosts more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees, who amount to more than a quarter of the country's population not to mention undocumented individuals, many of whom live in informal tented settlements.

The Syria refugee influx into Lebanon has strained the country's infrastructure, and has also sparked accusations that refugee camps are harboring militants from the war.

The World Bank says the Syrian crisis has pushed an estimated 200,000 Lebanese into poverty, adding to the nation's one million poor.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 5
Missing endowed 20 September 2017, 16:20

Trump is wrong but the international community should at last keep things quiet in Syria and help Syrian refugees return to their homes, without exception.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 September 2017, 16:52

Trump is wrong as he feels passionate about his country if only the Lebanese leadership were as wrong as him. Instead they are more concerned with Iran or Syria or KSA and off course they are all right. lol

Thumb ado.australia 20 September 2017, 18:55

whyaskwhy. You confuse me with your comment... should I like or dislike?

Thumb s.o.s 20 September 2017, 20:31

just blow in yoghurt, you'll be allright.

Thumb Elemental 20 September 2017, 22:52

Yet the Iranians illegally occupy Lebanon.