Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Phalange Warns of Naturalization of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Someone is scared. Very scared.
The Phalange Party called on the government on Monday to carefully follow up on the flow of Syrian refugees into Lebanon, warning of a “new form of naturalization” facing the country.

It said in a statement after its weekly politburo meeting: “A crisis committee should be formed to address the possible repercussions of the Syrian unrest on Lebanon.”

It criticized some authorities’ handling of the refugee issue, “which has started to take on a dramatic security and humanitarian turn.”

Addressing the Syrian crisis, the Phalange Party called on all Lebanese factions to maintain the country’s internal unity and “refrain from taking to the street in protest or in support” of the developments in Syria. 

On Sunday, a demonstration in support of the Syrian people and another in support of the Syrian regime was staged in downtown Beirut amid fears that the rival rallies could take a violent turn.

The protests took place without incident.

On the dispute between the March 8 and 14 camps over government extra-budgetary spending, the Phalange Party politburo stressed the need for all concerned sides to agree on a mechanism that would be adopted on spending.

The meeting also tackled party chief Amin Gemayel’s trip to Italy last week where he held talks with a number of officials, including President Giorgio Napolitano.

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