Derbas says boarder measures to stop entry of refugees

JANUARY 8, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said on Thursday that the new set of security measures being implemented at the Lebanese-Syrian borders were to organize entry to Lebanon and to stop the admission of refugees inside Lebanon.

“These measures were supposed to be adopted way before. Just like the rest of the world, the reason of a foreigner’s visit to Lebanon should be made clear and supported with legal documents. This will help the Lebanese authorities decide whether an individual should be granted entry to the country or not,” the Minister told Sawt Al-Shaab radio. Derbas shrugged off accusations that those were some sort of virulent and political measures being adopted by the Lebanese state.

“This decision doesn’t entail a vengeful reaction by the other side, which also has the full right to adopt similar measures to control its own borders,” Derbas added.

He couldn’t help but wonder what’s the fuss behind the U.S. and the UNHCR’s reaction to Lebanon’s decision, “despite the fact that all the concerned organizations and countries had been informed about Lebanon’s decision to stop receiving refugees four months ago.”

SOURCE: National News Agency- Lebanon