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Bou Saab: We don’t have to consider the international community on the displaced issue

Defense Minister, Elias Bou Saab, said that the Lebanese should not wait until the international community finds a solution for the return of displaced Syrians to their country.

"We do not have to consider the international community on the issue of the displaced," Bou Saab said Saturday during an interview with Free Lebanon Radio Station.

The Minister added that the Free Patriotic Movement does not share the same views with the Lebanese Forces, Progressive Socialist Party and the Future Bloc on the issue of the displaced, noting that FPM supports a safe return of refugees instead of a voluntary return since the latter would lead to claiming asylum.

Commenting on the non-invitation of Minister of State for Displaced Affairs to the Brussels Conference, Bou Saab stressed that "the Lebanese Government has appointed a Minister for the Displaced who is the only one concerned in this regard."

Bou Saab also referred to the visit of State Minister for Displaced Affairs, Saleh Al-Gharib, to Syria, saying: "President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri were aware of this visit in advance."

On the electricity issue, Bou Saab pointed out that "the failure to reach a solution in this dossier implies the government's non-existence," stressing that "the Free Patriotic Movement is against fuel ships in the absolute term, but agrees to have them pending the rehabilitation of power plants." He explained that the power vessels are there to provide electricity on a temporary basis.

Source: National News Agency