Bassil Says to End or Up Anti-UNHCR Measures Depending on 'Its Policy'

W460

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil announced Thursday that he might reverse the measures that he recently announced against the U.N. refugee agency should it change its approach towards Lebanon's refugee crisis.

“I'm willing to lift the Foreign Ministry's measures against UNHCR if I see a change in its policy and I'm ready to increase them should there be no change,” Bassil announced after talks in Geneva with U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Bassil added that he advised the U.N. agency not to “bet on a dispute among the Lebanese on this issue.”

“Preventing the early return of refugees to their country is a rejected policy and we're not asking the agency to encourage Syrians to return; we're rather asking it not to scare them of returning,” the minister explained.

And calling for “encouraging a secure and dignified refugee return,” Bassil stressed that Lebanon “is not seeking a problem with UNHCR or the U.N.”

UNHCR had on Tuesday urged Bassil to reverse a decision to block residency permits for its international staffers following a spat over Syrians displaced by the war.

The decision was announced by Bassil's office on Friday. The miniser has accused UNHCR of intimidating refugees to prevent their return to Syria. 

Speaking to reporters in Geneva on Tuesday, UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic said the agency was "very concerned" by the move. 

"We hope the decision of the foreign ministry will be reversed without delay," he said.

UNHCR has denied Bassil's allegations but made clear it does not believe the conditions in Syria are "conducive for an assisted return" -- although a spokesman said the situation was changing and that the agency was following developments. 

There are an estimated 1.5 million people displaced by the war in neighboring Syria in Lebanon -- a figure representing more than a quarter of its population before the conflict.

Comments 12
Thumb justin 14 June 2018, 17:22

meanwhile Bassil is in Switzerland promoting Lebanese wine:)

باسيل ممثلا عون في جنيف: النبيذ اللبناني أصبح عالميًا ونواصل العمل على فتح أسواق جديدة له
https://www.lebanese-forces.com/2018/06/14/gebran-bassil-national-lebanese-wine-day-switzerland/

Thumb s.o.s 14 June 2018, 17:46

according to the official UN calendar, today is " World Blood Donor Day " and tomorrow is "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day "... good to know for Michel!

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 14 June 2018, 18:25

Yeah but "World Elder Abuse Awareness Day" is for raising awareness to when latter generations use their powers to abuse their elders not when some elder abuse his powers and latter generations. As for "World Blood Donor Day" between 1988 and 1990 he made sure everyone donated blood so he becomes president, like it or not, except him. When time came for him to donate blood he ran away to the French embassy leaving the blood donations to his soldiers and the civilians.

Thumb marcus 14 June 2018, 17:53

tough guy

Thumb canadianleb 14 June 2018, 18:00

OK so here is what he means; "Bassil Says to End or Up Anti-UNHCR Measures Depending on 'Its donation size to his slush fund'.

Thumb canadianleb 14 June 2018, 18:01

OK so here is what he means "Bassil Says to End or Up Anti-UNHCR Measures Depending on 'Its donation size to his slush fund'.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 14 June 2018, 18:12

Everything he's been doing in regard to the refugees are cabinet level decisions and fall beyond his duties as a caretaker minister. Moreover the issue of refugees fall under the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Social Affairs, not withing the Foreign Ministry's jurisdiction.. but neither is the issue of awarding the Lebanese citizenship. That's under the authority of Interior minister, Prime minister and President, with the President having the last word. But that whole fiasco is Bassil's doing. His attacks now are two pronged. He's trying to divert the attention from that fiasco but also he set his eyes on the, usually unimportant and peripheral, Ministry of Social Affairs that will be getting billion$ from CEDRE et al. He would love to get his grabby little hand on those billion$.

Thumb blablablablabla 15 June 2018, 10:29

The syrian crime committed today by SOS looks like

Lebanese internal security forces
بعد مرور اقل من ساعة على اكتشاف جثة في بلدة الفاعور معرضة للضرب والخنق شعبة المعلومات تلقي القبض على الفاعلين
صـــــدر عــــن المديريــــة العامــــة لقـــوى الامــن الداخلــــي ـ شعبـــة العلاقـــات العامـة
البــــــلاغ التالـــــي:
بتاريخ ٧/٦/٢٠١٨ ادعى ذوو: عبدالله نوح المحمد ( مواليد عام ١٩٨٤، سوري) لدى فصيلة درك رياق، ان الاخير والذي يعمل كسائق تاكسي على متن سيارة نوع مرسيدس تحمل الرقم ١٦٩٨١٣/ز ، فقد الاتصال به بعد خروجه من منزله الكائن في بلدة الفاعور.
بتاريخ ٩/٦/٢٠١٨ وداخل احد المنازل في البلدة المذكورة وجد المفقود جثة هامدة بعد تعرضه للضرب على الرأس بألة حادة والخنق، ولم يتم العثور على سيارته.
بنتيجة الاستقصاءات والتحريات المكثفة تمكنت شعبة المعلومات في قوى الامن الداخلي من إماطة اللثام عن الجريمة بعد ساعة من وقوعها، وأوقفت دورية منها في البقاع الجاني الاول وهو: ي. ك. ( مواليد ٢٠٠٠، لبناني)

Thumb blablablablabla 15 June 2018, 10:29

بالتحقيق معه اعترف باقدامه بالاشتراك مع شخص يدعى: ع. ج. ( مواليد عام ١٩٨٩، سوري) باستدراج المغدور وقتله وبيع سيارته في بلدة سرعين بغية الفرار لاحقاً الى طرابلس ومنها الى سورية، وان الثاني تمكن من الوصول الى طرابلس لتحضير عملية الدخول الى سورية، وانهما أقدما على قتله لأسباب مادية.
بتاريخ 13/06/2018 تمكنت دورية أخرى من الشعبة في الشمال من توقيف الجاني الثاني قبل ساعات من محاولته الهروب الى سورية، كما تم توقيف شخصين كانا يسهلان فراره الى سورية وهما كل من:
ن. ج. ( مواليد عام ١٩٧٣، سوري)
ع. ج.( مواليد عام ١٩٩٧، سوري)
وتمت مداهمة منزل في بلدة سرعين البقاعية بعد تحديد مكان وجود سيارة المغدور حيث تم ضبطها وتوقيف الشخصين اللذين اشترياها.
بالتحقيق معهم جميعا اعترفوا بما نسب اليهم وتم توقيفهم بناء لاشارة القضاء المختص.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 15 June 2018, 15:15

A few more of the Syrian crimes committed on the day president Aoun deserted by friends of rich Syrians who president Aoun awarded Lebanese citizenships for services rendered to the Lebanese nation

http://www.liberty05.com/civilwar/civil5.html

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 15 June 2018, 15:11

Just a few of the Syrian crimes committed by friends of rich Syrians who president Aoun awarded Lebanese citizenships for services rendered to the Lebanese nation

http://lgic.org/lebanon/ee/terrorlb.htm#terrorLb

Thumb blablablablabla 15 June 2018, 15:23

au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont rois