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Lebanese, UN fall out over refugee registration

Lebanese officials have criticized UNHCR efforts to register Syrian refugee births, arguing that the country is at capacity.
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attends a meeting with Caracas' Mayor Jorge Rodriguez in Caracas February 27, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4RH0Y
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BEIRUT — The issue of displaced Syrians in Lebanon is a hot topic, as are the related security, military, political, and even economic and environmental repercussions. The birth registration of displaced Syrians in Lebanon is currently debated by government agencies and the relevant United Nations bodies.

The issue was first raised July 13 by Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil when he received in his office at the ministry's headquarters in Beirut Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. After the meeting, Bassil said that he refuses “the Syrian birth registrations that the UN and Lebanese government entities have been proceeding with,” noting “this is a prelude to imposing a new settlement reality in Lebanon.”

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