London's Syria Conf. an opportunity to assess situation in Lebanon – FM Bassil

Lebanon's Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil
Lebanon’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil

BEIRUT, Jan 29 (KUNA) — London’s Syria Donors Conference 2016 is an opportunity to assess whether there is a tangible translation to international appraisal of the situation in Lebanon, Foreign Affairs Minister, Gebran Bassil said Friday.
The situation remains bogged down in an economic and existential crisis in line with the lingering Syrian crisis, Bassil told a press conference.
“It is pivotal to distinguish between a person displaced due to economic reasons and another displaced due to security reasons,” he noted, adding that Lebanon was capable of categorizing refugees, a thing which will naturally and legally allow diminishing the number of refugees, hence lifting the burden off Lebanon and other involved institutions.
Bassil went on to disclose Lebanon’s plan to propose “Step” program during London conference. He explained that this program was a “step” forward to help refugees return to their homeland.
Lebanon is currently hosting between 1.1 and 1.5 million Syrian refugees.
Co-host countries of the London conference, due on February 4, had called on international community to offer more humanitarian assistance to the increasing predicament of the Syrian people and those displaced by the conflict.
London’s Syria Donors Conference will be under the topic “Supporting Syria and the Region.” It builds up on pervious donors’ conferences that were held in Kuwait, which is co-hosting the London conference along Britain, Germany, Norway and the United Nations. (end) wsm.hb