Belgian Senator: We must back Lebanon on financial, humanitarian levels

May 04, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Belgian Senator Alain Destexhe on Monday told a meeting for the European Council devoted to discuss the humanitarian repercussions of the terrorist acts carried out by IS, that Lebanon was threatened of crises and wars.

“Lebanon includes 1.3 refugees and has a population of 4 million people. Imagine that 25% of the refugees arrive to your country within few months,” the Senator said.

“Not only the humanitarian situation is concerning, but also the political situation is, because ISIS is infiltrating into the refugees’ camps; the lack of humanitarian aids is a reason to recruit fighters. ISIS flag is waving over a number of refugees’ camps in Lebanon and the security events are increasing,” he added.

“In addition to these crises, there is total paralysis in Lebanon with the failure to elect a new Parliament and a president of the republic,” he indicated, adding that the European Union and the European Council must back Lebanon on the financial and humanitarian levels.

“The World Bank has estimated the reverberations of the crisis on the local scene at USD 7 billion and we must do what we can to help Lebanon exit this political crisis and to provide support for the Lebanese army which constitutes the guarantee of national unity and stability,” he went on to say.

“Concerning ISIS, what worries me is the absence of the military and political solutions at once. The society condemns ISIS but no one has solutions, whether on the military level or the level of reaching a permanent political solution,” he concluded.