Beirut Complains Berlin’s Accepting Ex-SLA

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Lebanese government has filed an official complaint over Germany's offer to hosting former South Lebanon Army militiamen and their families, who fled Lebanon during the Israeli withdrawal from south Lebanon, reported the Daily Star newspaper.  

"When Beirut informed Berlin that the people it took in were Lebanese and not Israeli, German officials said that they could stay in Germany for a year and that it did not consider them political refugees," a diplomatic source said.  

But the source added that this period could well be extended, and noted that Israel was paying the expenses of the former SLA members.  

The source claimed that Germany's decision to host the men was a departure from Berlin's earlier statements that it would deport former SLA members who found their way into the country, said the paper.  

Lebanon's ambassador to Germany, Melhem Misto, asked the German government to avoid splitting up families if it decided to deport the former SLA members, said the Daily Star - Albawaba.com 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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