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International aid for Syrians arriving: Abu Faour

Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour speaks during a press conference at the ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012. (Hasan Shaaban/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: The international community and Arab states are gradually fulfilling their financial pledges to U.N. organizations aiding Syrian refugees in Lebanon, caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said in remarks published Sunday.

“Arab and international aid for Syrian refugees is beginning to arrive, and the first was Kuwait's contribution of $200 million through U.N. agencies as well as the European Union's $30 million pledge to these organizations,” Abu Faour told An-Nahar.

Lebanon has repeatedly asked Arab and international countries to fulfill their financial pledges that were made during a donor conference earlier this month in Kuwait, which was organized to help host states cope with the rising number of Syrian refugees.

In a speech given before the U.N. Security Council, Lebanon’s Ambassador Nawaf Salam said the number of Syrian refugees is expected to reach 1.2 million by the end of 2013 in the country, describing it as quarter of the population.

Abu Faour also said there was a mechanism to distribute pledged funds with the U.N. “so that the Lebanese state can cope with the burden of that influx that is increasing daily.”

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said this week it has registered 428,000 refugees so far, while government officials maintain there is hundreds of thousands that have not yet registered.

 

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