Tammam Salam: We won’t accept refugees integration

Prime Minister Tammam Salam stressed Thursday that Lebanon will not accept the “integration” of Syrian refugees into the Lebanese society while reassuring that security in the country is “under control.”

“We won’t accept the integration of the refugees in Lebanon and the priority is for reintegrating them in their country,” Salam said in an interview with Al-Arabiya’s al-Hadath news channel.

Separately, the prime minister warned that Lebanon faces the threat of “collapse” should the presidential vacuum continue.

He however reassured that the security situation in the country is “under control,” noting that “no major security incidents have been recorded since a long time.”

“All security agencies are united to contain any tensions and prevent any security deterioration,” he added.

On Monday, Salam had urged the United Nations to devise a plan for the “safe return” of Syrian refugees from Lebanon to their country.

“This huge and sudden influx of refugees is posing dangerous risks to our stability, security, economy and public services,” said Salam during the first-ever U.N. summit on refugees in New York.

“This detailed plan must be devised within three months and it must detail the transportation needs, the places of departure and the financial cost,” Salam added.

“Collecting the funds needed for this plan must begin immediately so that it can be quickly implemented once the circumstances allow,” he urged.

Five years into the Syria conflict, Lebanon hosts more than one million refugees from the war-torn country, according to the United Nations.

More than a third live in the Bekaa valley near the Syrian border.

Source: www.naharnet.com

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