Report: Bassil Escalates U.N. Refugee Staff Residency Permits Row


The Foreign Ministry has reportedly officially informed the UNHCR on Monday of caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil’s controversial decision to freeze residency permits for its staff, despite emphasis that relations with the U.N. are a jurisdiction of the prime minister, media reports said Tuesday.

Ministry sources told al-Akhbar daily that “there will be no negligence. We are also considering taking stricter measures shall the United Nations refugee agency fail to change its approach regarding the Syrian refugees file in Lebanon and stop discouraging them to return home.”

They stressed that “other decisions could follow in the coming days if it insists on following the same policy.”

On Friday, Bassil ordered a freeze on the renewal of residency permits for the UNHCR, saying it is intimidating Syrian refugees in Lebanon from returning by asking them about compulsory military service, security conditions and whether they have a place to live.

However, al-Mustaqbal Movement sources rejected in remarks to al-Joumhouria daily Bassil’s “approach with the UNHCR,” saying “it is not useful for national interest to make compulsory, uncalculated reactions that place Lebanon in a difficult situation.”

Earlier, reports said that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has told Bassil that the relation with the U.N. is “part of his jurisdiction as a premier” and that he “cannot be bypassed” in this regard, after Bassil's decision sparked a storm of criticism.

Official sources following up on the Syrian refugee crisis said that Bassil, in his turn, told Hariri that he will not take further measures against the U.N. refugee agency.

Lebanon is home to more than a million Syrian refugees, or about a quarter of the country's population. Bassil's statement came amid reports that some 3,000 Syrians are getting ready to head back home later this month.

A Foreign Ministry statement said Bassil's measure came after direct warnings by the ministry to UNHCR representative in Lebanon Mireille Girard who was summoned twice recently.

Comments 15
Thumb janoubi 8 months

جبران باسيل

حازم الأمين | منذ يوم في 11 يونيو 2018 - اخر تحديث في 11 يونيو 2018 / 11:09
لا شك في أن جبران باسيل، وزير الخارجية اللبناني وصهر رئيس الجمهورية ميشال عون، ظاهرة تتعدى السياسة. فالرجل يحرص على أن يستيقظ اللبنانيون في معظم أيامهم على ما يذهلهم من خطواته. هذا دأبه منذ سنوات. وهذا الأسبوع قرر، بصفته وزيراً للخارجية، وقف تجديد إقامات موظفي المفوضية العليا للاجئين في لبنان، الهيئة التابعة للأمم المتحدة، والتي تتولى رعاية وتمويل إقامة اللاجئين السوريين في لبنان.رأي/سياسي/جبران-باسيل

Thumb lebnani4ever 8 months

What an idiot.

Thumb s.o.s 7 months

Where’s his leash, quickly, we7ad falten.

Thumb blablablablabla 7 months

Meanwhile like everyday: another syrian (like SOS terrorist Dae-shit and his trolls ) arrested for harcelatting lebanese women

Lebanese internal security forces
يتحرّش بالنساء فجراً وحاول اغتصاب احداهن بين منطقتي النهر - الجميزة في قبضة مفرزة استقصاء بيروت.
صدر عن المديرية العامة لقوى الامن الداخلي ـ شعبة العلاقات العامة
البلاغ التالي:
نتيجةً للتحريات والمتابعة، ومن خلال التنسيق مع غرفة المراقبة والتحكّم في وحدة شرطة بيروت، تمكنت دوريات مفرزة استقصاء بيروت من توقيف أحد الأشخاص من التابعية السورية على متن دراجة آلية نوع "150BT " لون أسود وأحمر، وذلك لقيامه بتواريخ مختلفة - ما بين الساعة ال3.30 والساعة 500 فجراً - بالتحرش بالنساء ومحاولة اغتصاب إحداهن في أحد شوارع بيروت بين منطقتي النهر والجميزة، وتوجد فيديوهات موثّقة بحقه لدى غرفة المراقبة المذكورة، ويدعى:
م. ح (مواليد عام 1991)
سُلّم الى القطعة المعنيّة، للتوسّع بالتحقيق معه، بناءً على إشارة القضاء المختص..

Thumb roflmfao 7 months

You're only pissed because committing crimes using motorbikes is your community's bread and butter.

Thumb s.o.s 7 months

It takes one to know one.

Thumb roflmfao 7 months

Again, kudos for mastering the art of copy paste and way to go using your newly acquired opposable thumbs. The word for this is mutating not mutatetting. Now go brag about it in the village.

Thumb blablablablabla 7 months

great you re talking to yourself.

What did your psychiatre tell you ?

Thumb roflmfao 7 months

My "psychiatre"? He agrees with me that you need much more help than you are getting and a better education than you have.

Thumb galaxy 7 months


Thumb roflmfao 7 months

Yes, harcelatting. Maybe that's the Portuguese spelling.

Thumb s.o.s 7 months

Harcelatting, must be what mites call “flirting”.

Thumb roflmfao 7 months

It's flirtatting.

Thumb barrymore 7 months

looooool @ Antonio

Missing phillipo 7 months

Let them just tell Bassil to bring them orders signed by the Prime Minister.