Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Wednesday that Lebanon would only receive those refugees fleeing from nearby border areas in war-torn Syria.
“The criterion for receiving refugees is clear under the International Convention to which we are committed,” Derbas told the Voice of Lebanon radio station. “The term for receiving refugees is from areas near the Lebanese border, and we will not accept any refugee coming from areas far from the border."
Derbas said the Lebanese government had been dealing with the Syria conflict at a humanitarian level.
"We no longer accept to deal with the Syrian crisis as a humanitarian issue,” he said. “It's a political issue that the Lebanese government as well as the international and Arab communities failed to handle properly."
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