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Published on August 11, 2014
Reply by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, August 5, 2014

France is deeply committed to the preservation of Lebanon’s stability, sovereignty, independence and integrity. As such, it encourages Lebanon to pursue its policy of dissociation from the Syria crisis.

Fully appreciating the precariousness of the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and conscious of the impact their presence has in the country, France is doing everything in its power to help Lebanon face up to the challenges presented by the reception of more than a million Syrian refugees, representing over a quarter of Lebanon’s population.
Hence the creation, on France’s initiative and under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary-General, of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG), which concentrates its efforts on macroeconomic and security aspects, and those concerned with help for the reception of refugees. The President convened a meeting of it at the Elysée on 5 March 2014 to encourage its members to mobilize.

By contributing €7 million to the Trust Fund for Lebanon, set up by the World Bank, and by providing €11.6 million to support the activities of the UN agencies and NGOs on the ground to reduce the impact caused by the reception of Syrian refugees, France is playing its full part in the group’s work.

Furthermore, in response to the appeal issued by the HCR, France has pledged to take in 500 particularly vulnerable Syrian refugees in 2014 through resettlement and humanitarian admission. Heeding the HCR’s new appeal for a greater solidarity effort, in 2015 France will take in an additional 500 Syrian refugees, living in Lebanon in particular, through resettlement and humanitarian admission./.

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