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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday he intended to negotiate political amnesties to enable political refugees to return to Syria, and would advocate for resettlement in third countries for those for whom this was not an option.Grandi conceded that a solution to the refugee crisis in Lebanon would not happen immediately.Grandi emphasized, however, that the UNHCR was taking measures to enable as many as possible to return to Syria.For those unable to return, Grandi said he would advocate for further third-country resettlement outside Lebanon, although he conceded that the number of Syrians resettled from the country last year – 12,600 – was "disappointing".During the press conference Grandi also passionately defended his organization's record in Syria, and fiercely criticized what he described as the "political" side of the U.N.Grandi said that in Syria the UNHCR and other humanitarian organizations had acquitted themselves as well as might be expected.
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