Geagea Slams 'Big Deception Campaign' on Syrian Refugees


Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Wednesday blasted State Minister for Refugee Affairs Saleh al-Gharib's visit to Syria as he lashed out at what he called a “big deception campaign.”

“The two discouraging signals represented in Minister Saleh al-Gharib's visit to Syria and Minister Elias Bou Saab's stance at the Munich conference can only spark concern over the future of the government's work,” Geagea said in an interview with the Central News Agency.

“There is a big deception campaign that is taking place at the expense of the Syrian refugees cause,” the LF leader added, wondering “how the head of a regime that has displaced its people and is pressing on with its punitive and intimidatory policies could secure the refugees' return.”

He added: “All signals clearly indicate that the refugees do not want to return due to Assad's presence at the head of the regime, so how can communication with him become a way to return the refugees? Such an approach cannot convince any reasonable person and is a mere attempt at deviating attention and a trick that can no longer deceive the Lebanese.”

“It is only a window that they are trying to open to drag Lebanon into normalization with Syria,” Geagea went on to say, lauding Prime Minister Saad Hariri's decision to “label al-Gharib's visit as a personal one.”

Turning to Bou Saab's stance, the LF leader described it as “unacceptable.”

“What he said does not reflect the stance of the government, which has not convened yet to specify its stance,” Geagea added.

“Who has tasked him with announcing Lebanon's stance on the safe zone in Syria?” he wondered.

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Thumb justice 20 February 2019, 19:48

“Who has tasked him with announcing Lebanon's stance on the safe zone in Syria?” Geagea wondered.

Bou Saab is FPM and he takes his orders from Aoun. That is who tasked him!

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 February 2019, 20:51

And Clown still has the audacity to claim Lebanon is independent??? every "stance" his parties ministers have had on behalf of Lebanon has been created in Syria or Iran. Khalsuna min hal kizb....

Thumb canadianleb 20 February 2019, 21:38

So what is the solution? keep the Syrians in Lebanon? I hate to say it but Assad isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so what is Lebanon to do? Basically Lebanon is dammed if they talk to the Syrian Government and dammed if they don't.

Thumb whyaskwhy 20 February 2019, 22:30

Canada, its a good question what can Lebanon do? Well for one thing is act as an independent nation and make demands as Jordan and Turkkey have both done through the UN to agree to a plan that pays for the migrants and a schedule for repatriation. Our quisling president would not dare make these demands of Damascus as they would have him out on a submarine with his pajamas on in a heart beat ..again. His refusal to do so keeps him on the chair in baabda and will keep the burden on the the Lebanese to support the migrant camps, a price he is willing to pay!

Thumb canadianleb 21 February 2019, 00:10

Interesting, I am not sure what you mean by"make demands as Jordan and Turkey have both done through the UN to agree to a plan that pays for the migrants and a schedule for repatriation" I am not aware of such a plan do you have any details or where this can be looked at? or what is the timeline? reality dictates that as long as the Syrians are in Lebanon the UN pays the government so the politicians are benefiting while ordinary people are suffering...

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 February 2019, 17:50

Hi Canada, I hate to post links but you can google it and find a half dozen links. Interestingly Jordan was also successful in getting the syrian refugees health insurance again I beleiv eit was through the UN

Lebanon's or better stated Syria demands to the UN have recently focused more on the Israels incursions into the Lebanonstans air bridge to Syria or if the Yids stop and question a misguided shepard. In reality Syria dictates our likes or dislikes to the UN and the migrants is a financial and a Socio-political issue to Bashar that he does not want to pay or address. our quisling president and subservient government will not stand up for Lebanon so the status quo will continue.