Russia provides USD 10 million in (humanitarian) aid to displaced Syrians.
While the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has met with the Antَnio Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, on the side-lines of the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York and it has been announced that Moscow will soon provide the sum of USD 10 million in (humanitarian) aid to the displaced Syrian families and the refugees from Syria in Jordan and Lebanon, it seems that this is just a drop in the bucket.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antَnio Guterres and the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed in their meeting on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York that the humanitarian situation of the displaced Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon has to improve and that the every country has to support the improvement of the living conditions of the Syrian refugees in these neighbouring countries of Syria.
They also said after their meeting that any military action against Damascus would also have dire consequences for the entire region of the Middle East and could even lead to a full-scale war and increase the number of Syrian refugees, while it will simply worsen the current crisis in the Arab country.
Also the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke in his speech at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York about the conflict in Syria and the displaced Syrians. Lebanon’s President Suleiman has expressed his serious concern over the situation in Lebanon due to the huge inflow of Syrian refugees, too. The President of Lebanon said that the inflow of at least a million Syrian refugees is a real problem for the situation in his country.
On Tuesday, the Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has voiced his concern over the situation in Lebanon in his address to the world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York and stated that the crisis in Lebanon will increase due to the inflow of so many Syrian refugees and that the number of refugees from Syria has already reached around a fourth of Lebanon’s population of 4.5 million.
Michel Suleiman added in his address to the world leaders at the UN General Assembly meeting yesterday that the issue of hosting all the Syrian refugees is beginning to take on “an existential dimension” for his country and that Lebanon needs supports by the international community while it is faced with this huge number of refugees from Syria due to the conflict and crisis in the neighbouring country that will also worsen the situation in Lebanon.
And while the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has met the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the side-lines of the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York and the Foreign Ministry in Moscow announced afterwards that Russia will soon provide the sum of USD 10 million in (humanitarian) aid to the displaced Syrian families in Jordan and Lebanon, the Lebanese President Suleiman met with Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, yesterday.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Lebanon’s President Michel Suleiman talked about possible ways to handle and deal with the inflow of so many Syrian refugees and devised solutions so that Lebanon would not have to shoulder all the costs alone.
Jim Yong Kim said after his meeting with the President of Lebanon on the side-lines of the annual General Assembly meeting of the United Nations (UN) in New York that they would have a clear picture of the costs for the Lebanese government now in regards of the sheltering of nearly a million refugees from Syria who are fleeing from the fighting and violence in the neighbouring country. Further meetings on the Syrian refugees and the impact of the inflow of such a huge number of refugees from Syria into Lebanon will be discussed in a meeting today.
Several reports say that the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon could reach 1.3 million in some months and that the number will even increase further in case if the Syrian conflict and crisis continues.
Inger Andersen, the World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa region, said this on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly meeting to reporters that in case that the conflict in Syria continues, there “could be as many as 1.6 million refugees in Lebanon by the end of 2014.”
The further meetings on the impact of the Syrian refugees and the costs for Lebanon will take place in New York today. It is to expect that besides Russia, also some other countries and international organizations will provide humanitarian aid to the displaces Syrians in Lebanon and Jordan, while the World Bank probably tries to support the Lebanese government in sheltering of the Syrian refugees in order to prevent a worsening of the situation in Lebanon.