Lebanon does not discriminate between Syrian refugees: PM

2013-01-02 19:42:08 GMT2013-01-03 03:42:08(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIRUT, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed Wednesday that the Lebanese government, "with all of its agencies and ministries, never discriminated against a pro or anti- Syrian regime supporter."

Miqati warned of the negative impact of linking the case of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to local political disputes, saying that "targeting any ministry or official Lebanese agency over their handling of the issue is unjustified and unacceptable."

The premier was quoted by the National News Agency as saying at a meeting on the Syrian refugees that the Lebanese government and all of its ministries and agencies were "capable of meeting the relief demands of Syrian refugees from the very beginning of the Syrian crisis."

He, however, stressed that his government is no longer "capable of meeting the demands of the ever-increasing refugees despite the assistance of government and non-government agencies."

Miqati asserted that the government has devised a plan to complement that of the UN agencies to meet the demands of the refugees, which include the fair distribution of resources and aid, and following up on their needs.

"It handled the refugee file from a humanitarian approach and it is therefore unacceptable that any ministry be attacked over its tackling of this issue," stressed Miqati.

Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul Karim Ali recently sent a letter to the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, complaining that the Social Affairs Ministry was involved in helping "extremist Salafist organizations."

The ambassador accused the Social Affairs Ministry of being responsible for the pressure exerted on the displaced, but Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abou Faour denied the accusations.

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