Lebanon.. Aoun calls on the international community to contribute to the return of Syrian refugees to their country
Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday called on the international community to assume its responsibility in facilitating the return of Syrian refugees to their country, especially since most of the Syrian regions have become safe, as he described it.
During his meeting with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to Syria Geir Pedersen, Aoun indicated that the burden of the Syrian displacement has added to the difficulties facing his country, for which solutions are being worked out through a recovery plan developed by the government.
The Lebanese president considered that “these displaced people can return to their lands and homes, and live in them instead of relying on the aid that they receive from international organizations.”
For his part, Pedersen briefed President Aoun on the data related to the move he is taking and the talks he had with officials from the Syrian regime on Sunday.
The UN envoy indicated that these talks aim to find ways to develop solutions to the current Syrian crisis.
Pedersen expressed the appreciation of the United Nations and the international community for the care provided by the Lebanese state to the displaced Syrians on its lands, despite the difficult economic conditions that Lebanon suffers from.
Pedersen pointed out that the United Nations is working on finding appropriate ways for the return of the displaced to their country, and is placing the issue at the top of its concerns during the ongoing deliberations in Geneva, in which Lebanon was invited to participate.
Pedersen arrived in Beirut on Sunday from Syria, where he is holding talks with Lebanese officials.
Last September, Amnesty International issued a report entitled “You are going to die.. Violations against Syrian refugees returning to Syria”, in which it reviewed testimonies of women, children and men who were tortured and abused by the regime’s soldiers. The regime with the returnees as traitors deserving of humiliation.
One of the activists involved in preparing the report stated that the Lebanese authorities deported about 6,000 Syrian citizens between mid-2019 and the end of 2020; It is surprised by the violation of international law by refoulement.
The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is approximately 1.5 million, about 900,000 of whom are registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and most of them suffer from difficult living conditions.