Salam meets with the LPDC head Hasan Mneimneh and representatives of Lebanese political factions. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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As UNRWA, the U.N. agency charged with aiding Palestinian refugees, faces a major funding crisis, representatives from all the major Lebanese political parties have come together to discuss means to improve the lives of half a million Palestinian refugees in the country.After months of discussions, the Lebanese Palestinian Dialogue Committee met with Prime Minister Tamma Salam this week, presenting him with five recommendations to improve social and economic conditions of Palestinian refugees. Abdel-Nasser al-Aiye, office director of the LPDC, said the five recommendations consist of recommendations to the Interior Ministry about regularizing work for Palestinians; easing the burden of social security payments for those who employ Palestinians; establishing formalized relations between UNRWA and Lebanon; conducting a national census of Palestinians in the country; and strengthening the internal mechanisms of the LPDC itself. Aiye said that a number of political figures who participated in the LPDC discussions expressed concern that UNRWA's funding crisis could have adverse effects on the security situation in Lebanon.
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