The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
UNHCR acting independently from the government: Derbas
Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said setting up “organized” Syrian refugee camps in a buffer zone along the border between Lebanon and Syria was a main issue.
He stressed in an interview with Al-Mustaqbal that although the Cabinet had not yet reached an agreement on this issue, the Council of Ministers would discuss figures and the risks associated with the refugees during its meeting today.
Derbas criticized UNHCR for its lack of commitment toward government decisions.
“It is necessary to compel UNHCR to implement government decisions, particularly since it is acting completely independently,” he said.
Nader Hariri, Khalil did not discuss Parliament extension
Future Movement sources said talks between Future official Nader Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri’s political aide, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, tackled various issues, except the extension of Parliament’s mandate.
The sources said this issue was in the hands of Future bloc chief Fouad Siniora.
They criticized calls for the resumption of legislative work, as by virtue of the Constitution Parliament is now an electoral and not a legislative body.
LU snag lies in Jumblatt's wish to appoint a Christian dean
Free Patriotic Movement sources told Al-Mustaqbal that the sticking point in the Lebanese University issue was due to MP Walid Jumblatt’s insistence on appointing a Christian ally as dean of one of the faculties.
The sources, however, said this was an impossible wish given that this issue was subject to political considerations purely at the Christian level, based on the sectarian balance in the country.
Intensified talks to end boycott of legislative sessions on urgent issues
An-Nahar has learned that talks intensified Wednesday to end the boycott of legislative sessions aimed to approve urgent issues.
It seems that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is pushing toward convening the legislature to seek the approval of three issues: salary scale, payments of monthly salaries to civil servants and issuing eurobonds.