Information Minister, Jamal Jarrah, on Friday expressed regret at the absence of "a serious indication" in the joint Lebanese-Russian statement to resolve the simmering refugee crisis in Lebanon.
The Minister's words came in the wake of a meeting with Lebanese Forces Leader, Samir Geagea, and Former Information Minister, Melhem Riachy, in Meerab.
However, the Minister stressed that the aforementioned statement should be taken seriously by all the Lebanese parties as "it addresses the refugee crisis, which has become an intolerable burden at the economic, developmental, social, and security levels."
"Our position concerning this dossier is clear; we seek the return of refugees as soon as possible," he added, noting that a solution to the refugee crisis could have been very simple had the Syrian regime had a serious intention to allow their return.
"We have not witnessed a single statement being issued by a Syrian Minister to facilitate their return, or even a presidential military recruitment pardon," the Minister added, doubting the existence of a sincere will to help Syrians go back to their homeland.
"Just as they [refugees] live in a tent in Lebanon, they can live in a tent in secure areas where the UN High Commissioner for Refugees can secure the same assistance they currently provide in Lebanon," Jarrah added, refusing the settlement of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Touching on the appointments dossier, the Minister stepped up calls for a single mechanism to be adopted in all appointments alike.
Source: National News Agency