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Aoun Says Refugees Crisis Most Difficult Challenge Imposed on Lebanon

Aoun Says Refugees Crisis Most Difficult Challenge Imposed on Lebanon

Saturday, 23 March, 2019 - 07:00
Lebanese President Michel Aoun speaks at the 22nd Mediterranean Conference of the International Lions Club. (Dalati & Nohra)
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Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Friday that Lebanon is worried with the international community’s insistence on linking the return of refugees to the political solution in Syria, “meaning their return could be postponed indefinitely”.

Speaking at the Lions Mediterranean Conference in Beirut, he said that the refugee crisis has turned into a problem that exceeds its abilities to contain it.

He added that such a challenge also damaged the environment due to a lack of infrastructure to accommodate 1.5 million displaced in a country whose population density has reached 600 people per square kilometer.

The 22nd Mediterranean Conference of the International Lions Club tackled environmental issues, mainly pollution caused by manufacturing and consumption, sustainable development and the problems and social repercussions of displacement.

“Choosing Beirut to hold your regional conference while the region is going through a state of instability, bears important indications for Lebanon and its capital Beirut, the city of dialogue, openness and peace,” he said.

Aoun said this is how he sees Lebanon: “A land of dialogue in a world boiling with extremism and intolerance.”

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