Lazzarini, Derbas, Salam and Kaag attend the launching of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan for 2016 at the Grand Serail Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon and the United Nations are pleading for $2.48 billion from the international community to finance the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan for 2016 to better mitigate the effects of the 1.5 million Syrian refugees.Prime Minister Tammam Salam, the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag and Deputy U.N. Special Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini were on hand to launch the plan at the Grand Serail.Despite the measures, Kaag emphasized that the international community must not only support Lebanon financially, but also uphold their humanitarian responsibility by shouldering a greater number of refugees from Syria.Nevertheless, the LCRP at least hopes to target women and children – who make up 80 percent of the refugees in Lebanon – while addressing the grievances that push young men toward violence.Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, who was also present Thursday, said that Lebanon cannot be abandoned by the international community in their struggle to mitigate the crisis.Salam agreed in his comments but further noted that there is no way that Syrian nationals will be permanently settled in Lebanon.
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