Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees speaks during a press conference at the Launch of the Regional Flash Appeal Following recent events in Libyan Arab Jamahiri

The UN Secretariat secretly banned the organization’s divisions from taking part in restoring Syria’s economy, Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

“It turned out that the political department of the UN Secretariat really published and disseminated throughout the UN system a secret directive in October last year prohibiting organizations participating in this system to take part in any projects to restore the Syrian economy. Only humanitarian assistance, nothing more,” Lavrov said.

Lebanon supports Russia’s initiative on Syrian refugees and hopes that it will be implemented, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil said as he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday.

Sergei Lavrov noted in response that Russia aspires to help return Syrian refugees to their homes as soon as possible. According to him, Russia “keeps in touch with the Syrian government” and with those countries that have hosted the refugees.

The US is trying to artificially slow down return of refugees to Syria by refusing to participate in restoration of Syrian infrastructure, Lavrov said.

“The United States is trying to artificially slow down the process of the refugees’ return by refusing to participate in the restoration of infrastructure in Syria. A few days ago, Washington hosted a meeting between [UN Special Envoy for Syria] Staffan de Mistura and [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo, and the State Department used the phrase ‘it is premature to even discuss the restoration of Syria’ in the statement following their talks,” Lavrov told a press conference after a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil.

This comes after Russian President Putin’s detailed bilateral talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin on Saturday, where called to build up humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and to the countries where refugees are living at the moment.

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Hours before the meeting, Vladimir Putin called on European countries to rebuild the crisis-torn Syria to ensure that Syrian refugees are able to return to their homeland, warning that a renewed migration crisis would be a “disruptive burden” for Europe. He added that there were around 5 million refugees in the countries neighboring Syria, including around 1 million in Lebanon. Most of them fled from terrorists and militants who had earlier controlled the western part of Syria that borders Lebanon.

Now that most part of Syrian territory has been liberated from terrorists, Moscow claims, Syrian citizens can safely return to their homes. Tens of thousands of refugees have already headed for Syria from Lebanon, and the Moscow talks are expected to give a boost to the repatriation process.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Ian
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The UN should be disbanded.

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So 72 millions refugees/IDPs will starve (67M for UNHCR and 5M Palestinians through UNRWA), tens of millions children in 3rd world countries won’t receive medicare+schooling, etc (UNICEF), famines will resume since food programs will be gone, so will be concerted efforts against epidemics/pandemics (WHO), no more Blue Helmet peacekeepers to stabilise war-torn countries or create buffer-zones, world heritage sites won’t be preserved anymore (UNESCO), etc etc etc… Well, some have the same kind of simpleton thinking a Nigel Farage had about Brexit, highly exaggerating UN’s issues while totally forgetting the benefits. Do you know any other forums where all nations’… Read more »

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Disband only UNRWA then.

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keep all zio entities and lapdogs esp useless to the core u.n. far away from syria – who needs them when other more sincere to help countries have come forward like iran, lebanon, russia and china and are doing a great humanitarian job at it

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Russia and China are in the UN core baby! BTW, both voted the (binding) UNSC Res.1701 ordering the disarmament of Hezbollah and none of both moved even the little finger for Gaddafi or Saddam. And you should read BETTER : there is NO UN disengagement about humanitarian help, in fact, the UN supplies far more drugs and food than Lebanon and Iran. Well, fore sure, Russia being #1 wheat producer and having gigantic surplus, helps a lot when it comes to bread. Now, guess who is paying for Syrian refugees? Take a look at UN 2016-2017 budget-funding : Actually, Yanks… Read more »

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UNRWA must be ended.

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Just shows what a pliant tool of the US the UN has become.
I had expected more of Gutierres.

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Nope, #1 funder of the UN is BY FAR the EU with 31.4% of budget. USA pays 22%, Japan 9.7%, China 7.9% and the rest of the world 29.4% including the Russian 3.08%… Lavrov is doing some stunt here since he’s speaking about Syria’s reconstruction which requires $400bln… You’d be surprised about UN’s budget which is faaaar from being so gigantic, e.g. Syria’s reconstruction estimated price now (wait until Idlib, Afrin, al-Bab and Jarablus are retaken, expect a $500-600bln in the end) is already about 44 years of UN peacekeeping budget of $8.9bln) while UNHCR budget is $7.763bln to help… Read more »

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Not a civil war. You bomb Syria then you rebuild Syria.

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When will the world wise up to the fact that the UN is a Zionist rubber stamp. This deception has gone on long enough. Help or GTF out of the way. When was this bunch of criminals ever trustworthy? The US/NATO said they will leave when ISIS is dead, except for now, they are saying they won’t. Cut them off, surround them and declare the no-fly zone the US kept bitching about.

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This is actually a good thing, because rebuilding will be done by countries that Syria will remember and know it can rely on in the future. By opting out, the US, UN, and other countries demonstrate to Syria that they have no altruistic interests in the future of the country and therefore need not be considered in its future plans. A short-sighted and exceedingly stupid decision by the US and UN

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Lavrov is fücking kidding! There is no need for any “secret directive in October last year prohibiting organizations participating in this system to take part in any projects to restore the Syrian economy.”! Why? Just take a look at UN budgets!!!! At the present time, Syria’s reconstruction is estimated at $400bln. It’s likely to rise to $500-600bln once Turkish/Qatari-backed mercenaries/shithadists will have been gotten rid of… Now look at UN bigger budgets which are voted for 2 years, not one : – Peacekeeping operations : $8.9bln (82k+ Blue-Helmets) – High Committee on Refugees : $7.763bln (about 67 millions refugees and… Read more »