Aoun at U.N.: Lebanon Won't Allow Naturalization of Any Refugee

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President Michel Aoun stressed Thursday in his maiden speech before the U.N. 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 U.N. 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 U.N. podium, Aoun nominated Lebanon to become a “permanent, U.N.-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.

U.S. 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 U.N.

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Thumb ___flamethrower___ 21 September 2017, 17:13

There will never be a President like him, ever!

Thumb ex-fpm 21 September 2017, 17:14

I am sure he will reaffirm Lebanon's neutral stance and dissociation policy regarding the war in Syria and other parts of the Arab World:)

Thumb Knight 21 September 2017, 20:54

"التوطين فزاعة… والخطر الحقيقي سلاح حزب الله”

Thumb Knight 21 September 2017, 21:08

exactly @citizenKane!

Thumb janoubi 21 September 2017, 17:16

اللواء عباس إبراهيم ينضم إلى وفد رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون في الأمم المتحدة.۔

another free first class trip and a suite at the Ritz Carlton, NY.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 21 September 2017, 17:33

STL Says Prosecutor Submitted New Indictment on July 21
“The new indictment names a new suspect from Hizbullah,” al-Jadeed added.

Well, Hizbullah just killed him in anticipation.

هل تمت تصفية مرافق نصرالله بسبب معلوماته عن إغتيال الحريري؟
علمت “الجريدة”، من مصدر مطلع، أن موسى محمد وهبي، الملقب “أبوعلي”، أحد مسؤولي جهاز الأمن الخاص بالأمين العام لحزب الله حسن نصرالله وأحد مرافقيه الدائمين، والذي توفي الأسبوع الماضي، قُتِل في عملية تصفية داخلية، مضيفاً أن “أبوعلي” كان يمتلك معلومات مهمة في قضية اغتيال رئيس الحكومة اللبنانية الأسبق رفيق الحريري.

«الجريدة» الكويتية: مرافق نصرالله «أبو علي» تمّت تصفيته بسبب قضية اغتيال الحريري!الجريدة-الكويتية-مرافق-نصرالله-أب/

Thumb galaxy 22 September 2017, 11:27

lol flamethrower and its different personalties voted you down 11 times and deleted most of the comments on this article.

Thumb thepatriot 21 September 2017, 22:54

Bashar barely holds around 50% of the territory..

Thumb thepatriot 21 September 2017, 22:56

Naharnet... could you please get rid of all those trolling stupidly and polluting the forum...? thanks.

Thumb galaxy 22 September 2017, 10:04

09:39رئيس الجمهورية العماد ميشال عون لموقع "المونيتور": دور "حزب الله" مستمرّ طالما هناك تهديداتٌ للبنان.