BEIRUT, Lebanon, "The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is around 1.3 million, while the number of refugees returning to Syria is at 50 thousand," said General Security Chief, Major General Abbas Ibrahim.
Ibrahim stressed that, "the Lebanese General Security has played a key role in the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, in its capacity as the official body responsible for the movement of incomers and outgoers to and from the country, as well as, responsible for the foreigners residing here, owning data and information about them all, including Syrian refugees."
"The General Security has also worked intensively, since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis, on the issue of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and was the only channel of coordination with the Syrian security services, due to the security conditions at the time. For these reasons, Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, decided that, General Security should be the party to coordinate with the Syrian side on the issue of the return of refugees."
Pertaining to the Russian initiative to secure the repatriation of Syrian refugees, Ibrahim said, "the Lebanese General Security is a key partner in this initiative and in direct contact with those concerned with the refugee file. It is too soon, however, to talk about a timeline for the implementation of the said initiative as the work plan with the Russian side has not yet been finalised."
Questioned about the internal security situation in Lebanon, Ibrahim said, "We cannot describe the situation as 100 percent under control, but there is no doubt that it is much better than the previous years in Lebanon. Nevertheless, work has never stopped in terms of combating terrorism, either by pursuing or dismantling terrorism networks, since no terrorist act can be totally ruled out."
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK