LEBANON TO CALL FOR RETURN OF SYRIAN REFUGEES




Serhat TUNAR –TDO- Lebanon urged world powers to step up efforts for Syrian refugees to return home regardless of a political solution to the conflict in its war-wracked neighbour, as it hosted an Arab economic summit, according to AFP.

It also proposed on Sunday the creation of an Arab bank to finance reconstruction in Arab countries devastated by conflicts such as Syria and Yemen.

President Michel Aoun made the calls at the opening of the fourth annual Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, which was marred by the glaring absence of most Arab heads of state.

"Lebanon calls on the international community to make all efforts possible and provide suitable conditions for a safe return of displaced Syrians without linking that to a political solution," Aoun said.

The refugee issue was to be one of the main points on the agenda of this year's summit, and Aoun said he had put forward measures that would ease their return.