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Lebanon supports returning Syrian refugees to Trump-backed ‘safe zones’

Lebanon elected Michel Aoun recently [AFP]

Date of publication: 3 February, 2017

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Lebanon’s president says the international community should facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to Syria by setting up “safe zones” in coordination with their government
Lebanon’s president says the international community should facilitate the return of Syrian refugees to Syria by setting up “safe zones” in coordination with their government.

Michel Aoun made his comments Friday during a meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

Lebanon is home to some 1.2 million Syrian refugees, equivalent to one fourth of its own population.

Aoun said in comments released by his office that Lebanon will not force any refugees to return to Syria amid insecure and unstable conditions. He expressed support for a political solution in Syria and combatting “terrorists”.

Syria had expressed concern over such safe zones which US President Donald Trump had previously expressed interest in creating, saying they would have to be set up in coordination with the Syrian government.

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