Minister Ali Hasan Khalil speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Lebanon's Finance Minister pledged Friday to transfer the municipalities' share of telecom revenues due since 2010, while casting doubt over the fate of millions in funds that should have been reserved and transferred to municipalities since 1994 .Khalil said that the Finance Ministry had no records whatsoever of telecom revenues that should have been allocated to municipalities from 1994, when Lebanon started operating mobile networks, until 2002 .He said that the amount had most likely been transferred to the state treasury, and that probably no one had taken into account the share of municipalities or designated the amount of funds reserved for them. Khalil added that the Finance Ministry had drafted a decree to distribute the funds to municipalities, in cooperation with the Interior Ministry.Khalil said his ministry would automatically deduct funds owed by municipalities for garbage collection before distributing the municipalities' share of the revenues.
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