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ABU ZEID: TO EXPEDITE DECISION TO RETURN REFUGEES TO SAFE SYRIAN REGIONS

Member of the "Change and Reform" parliamentary bloc, MP Amal Abu Zeid, said in a statement issued on Thursday that during the debate on the return of Syrian refugees to the safe zones of their homeland, there had been a split of opinion between supporters of opening channels with the Syrian regime to facilitate their return and those who objected to this proposal, opting to transit them through the United Nations instead.

"The higher interest of Lebanon must be the priority in any decision that will be made in this regard, especially that the country still endures the consequences of past bitter experiences."

"Baabda document focuses on the second pillar of preserving the Lebanese structural elements, especially in its demographics and geography; therefore, today's focus should be on confronting the danger of the integration of Syrian refugees into the Lebanese territories and the danger of their presence being transformed from a temporary presence to a permanent presence or a convincing settlement, as is the case with Palestinian refugees who have been living on Lebanese territory for more than half a century. Lebanon is an alternative homeland, and their camps continue to be security threat," the lawmaker said.

He concluded by calling on the Lebanese state to expedite its decision to return refugees to the safe and stable areas in Syria, "without looking at the political gains of this or that party, but to look instead at the real gain that our country will earn from every step agreed upon by the Lebanese."

Source: National News Agency