BEIRUT: U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly said Thursday he was downbeat about the possibility of establishing refugee camps for Syrians in Lebanon.
“Camps are an issue. The problem obviously with camps inside Syria and in areas between Syria and Lebanon is precisely that of security, protection, the delivery of services and so on,” Plumbly said after meeting Prime Minister Tammam Salam.
“These are big issues really, so I cannot say that I am optimistic about that particular track,” he added. Lebanon has been mulling the establishment of camps for Syrians along the border with the U.N. However, Lebanese officials want the camps established inside safe Syrian territories or on the Syrian side of the border.
There are already over 1,200 informal settlements for refugees whose number in the country exceeds 1 million. Plumbly also reiterated the call on Lebanese officials to elect a new president.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 06, 2014, on page 3.