Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, April 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Monday voiced his country's reservation and opposition to a recent resolution by the Arab League that he said failed to mention the Palestinian right of return, a crucial item for Lebanon.Lebanon hosts more than 500,000 Palestinian refugees, many of whom live in a number of camps across the country.Bassil argued that the right to return is guaranteed on the domestic, regional and international levels, citing decisions and agreements that oppose such a move.The Lebanese Constitutional forbids naturalization, Bassil said, adding that such a move would damage the country's demography.
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