Ibrahim: Displaced people’s return ought to be voluntary and safe

In an interview with the General Security Magazine published on May 3, 2018, General Abbas Ibrahim said that "the General Security has taken over the monitoring of the transfer of Syrian refugees from Shebaa and its environs to their hometown in Bait J...

In an interview with the General Security Magazine published on May 3, 2018, General Abbas Ibrahim said that "the General Security has taken over the monitoring of the transfer of Syrian refugees from Shebaa and its environs to their hometown in Bait Jan and its farm under the best circumstances after communicating with the concerned Syrian authorities for a voluntary and safe return."

Underlining "the expansion of safe areas and ongoing reconciliations in Syria to encourage such a return," Ibrahim refused "to link the return process to the parliamentary elections in Lebanon."

"The General Security has been responsible for managing the repatriation of the displaced, at both the logistical and security levels, by supervising the operation and providing them with access to the Lebanese-Syrian border at the Masnaa crossing, as well as checking the papers and numbers of displaced persons before they headed to their hometown," he added, stressing that the General Security service is always ready to facilitate any voluntary return of displaced Syrians to their villages, especially to the many now safe areas there.

Asked about the standards to such returns, Ibrahim noted that "No Syrian displaced can decide to return to his country unless his return is voluntary and safe at the same time."

"Lebanon has always appealed to the international community for support in the issue of Syrian refugees because it is one of the neighboring countries that have received the largest number of displaced people since the beginning of the war. However, the assistance remained shy amid the economic and social repercussions inflicted upon Lebanon. The issue of refugees cannot be addressed through support conferences alone. There has to be long-term solutions. The international community should also assist, through conferences, the displaced people who have voluntarily returned to their villages and help them start a new life in Syria," he said in response to a question.

Source: National News Agency