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Lebanon president warns of the consequences of Israel threats

Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, on 13 December 2017. [Gebran Bassil/Twitter]
Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, on 13 December 2017. [Gebran Bassil/Twitter]

Lebanese President Michel Aoun yesterday warned of the “Israeli threats” which could lead to new wars, displacement and ethnic cleansing.

Speaking before members of the diplomatic corps accredited to Lebanon in the capital Beirut, Aoun said that “peace does not take place while deals are made at the expense of the refugee who was expelled from his land and his identity was stolen”.

“Peace does not come at the expense of manipulating demography and changing the geographical and social parameters of countries. Peace does not result from deepening racism and rejecting the other.”

The Lebanese president was referring to US President Donald Trump’s proposed Middle East peace plan dubbed the “deal of the century”.

In regards Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Aoun said the international community’s position is not clear about whether they should return to their country, warning that the proposed positions which link the refugees’ return to finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis is “worrying” because a solution could take a long time.

More than 1.2 million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, a majority of them in areas that experience economic, political and security crises.

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