German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier shakes hands with Syrian refugee children as he visits a school at a Syrian refugee camp in the town of Barr Elias, May 30, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The U.N. Refugee Agency does not think camps should be established on Lebanon's border with Syria, putting it in direct opposition with the government over its latest plan to address the huge influx of people fleeing the neighboring civil war.Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil reiterated Thursday that the Cabinet had decided to create "residential compounds" for refugees either inside Syria or along the border.Traveling under heavy guard in a 15-car convoy, Steinmeier visited a UNHCR registration center in Zahle and a refugee camp in Barr Elias.Steinmeier earlier this week pledged 5 million euros to support efforts to address the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon, voicing Germany's readiness to host an international conference to raise funds for the Lebanese government as it struggles to cope with over 1 million refugees.
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