Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, July 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Wednesday that the clashes in Arsal have proved that refugee camps could serve as hospitable environments for terrorists, and that the Lebanese Government refuses to construct camps within Lebanese territory.Bassil considered requests for the construction of refugee camps within Lebanese territory unsuitable, reminding that the Lebanese government had agreed that there would be no refugee camps within Lebanese territory.Bassil said that the request was obviously rejected because it was a violation of Lebanese sovereignty for a non-Lebanese entity to request a meeting on events inside Lebanon from an international body.The Foreign Minister called for swift aid to the Lebanese Army saying that escalating tensions in the border town of Arsal necessitate a quick response.
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