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Amos: U.N. to increase financial aid for Lebanon's Syrian refugee efforts
United Nations emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos (L) speaks during a joint news conference with Lebanon's Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour in Beirut, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Sharif Karim
United Nations emergency relief coordinator Valerie Amos (L) speaks during a joint news conference with Lebanon's Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour in Beirut, August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Sharif Karim
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BEIRUT: U.N. humanitarian chief Baroness Valerie Amos said Thursday the organization would increase its financial support for Lebanon's government in order to better aid Syrian refugees in the country.

Following her meeting with Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour, Amos said the U.N. would continue supporting the Lebanese state and the ministry by increasing financial aid.

She also thanked the Social Affairs Minister and Lebanon for keeping the borders open.

The U.N. official added that the number of displaced inside Syria has reached 2.5 million, while thousands of refugees are in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan.

For his part, Abu Faour said the meeting was an opportunity to “affirm to international officials Lebanon’s commitment to upholding its humanitarian duty in aiding Syrian refugees,” adding that the refugees “are not in danger or subject to measures that might place their lives at risk.”

He also said the U.N. should take into consideration the fact that the security situation is not fully under the control of the government.

“I spoke to the international officials about Lebanon's need for financial support [in light of] the burden on the Lebanese state,” he told reporters.

Lebanon has prepared an emergency plan that includes the participation of the ministries of health, education and social affairs as well as the Higher Relief Committee.

 
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