The launching of “Conference on Lebanon, displaced and refugees: the socio-economic and security challenges as well as the need for a comprehensive national strategy” took place on Thursday at The Future House, in presence of Lebanese and Arab figures.

In his word delivered on the occasion, former President Amine Gemayel made clear that Lebanon has been treating this affair from a humanitarian dimension.

He reminded of the Palestinian refugee crisis, noting that we should under no circumstances make Lebanon an alternative country.

“The consequences could have been existential […] and the case has become greater than the Lebanese and the Palestinians themselves,” he said.

In this context, Gemayel added that Lebanon has come out exhausted from this experience and has paid the price of lodging his brothers.

Hence, Gemayel wondered if history would repeat itself but this time with Syrian citizens on Lebanese territories.

“Lebanon is not part of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, but it participates in international solidarity with tragedies. This agreement recognizes the international nature of refugees’ crises and the importance of ensuring cooperation at the international level — mainly, sharing the burden between states to solve the problem.

The period of displacement is too long and has exceeded official and international potentials: refugees will become more vulnerable at the economic level and the hosting country will have less capacity to deliver essential services,” Gemayel added.

He also called for border control and differentiation between refugees to determine the true most vulnerable ones in accordance with standards of the refugee.

Gemayel urged the concerned parties to deal with the refugee issue as a temporary affair and not as a permanent reality, stressing the importance of the right to return.

He mainly warned against any attempt to naturalize refugees in Lebanon.

For his part, Minister of Education, Elias Bou Saab, discussed the impact of refugees’ influx, particularly in the education sector.

“The solution begins with the election of a new president, since during his absence, there are no serious [talks] with the international community and foreign policy,” he has said.

Source: National News Agency

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The launching of 'Conference on Lebanon, displaced and refugees: the socio-economic and security challenges as well as the need for a comprehensive national strategy' took place on Thursday at The Future House, in presence of Lebanese and Arab figures. In his word delivered on the occasion, former President Amine...