Thursday, 18th September 2014

UNHCR envoy calls for end to violence in Syria


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The UN Higher Commissioner for Refugees' special envoy, American actress Angelina Jolie, called Monday for an end to the violence in Syria after visiting to some Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon.
 
According to a statement by the UN refugee agency, Jolie held talks with Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, where she highlighted "the generosity and solidarity shown by Lebanon and Lebanese to its neighbor."
     
Jolie, on her third visit to Lebanon on behalf of the agency, is to learn the plight of Syrian children as the Syrian conflict enters its fourth year.
     
She welcomed the adoption of a UN resolution on humanitarian assistance to Syria, which she described as "a long overdue step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian men, women and children."
     
Jolie met with orphaned Syrian children who are living in eastern Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, noting "They have lost their families and their childhood has been hijacked by war. They are so young, yet they are bearing the burdens of their reality as if they are adults."
     
The UNHCR envoy also met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and President Michel Suleiman during the three-day visit.
            
According to the latest UNHCR report, there are over 934,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon but Lebanese officials say the actual number has surpassed 1.2 million. Beirut (Xinhua)


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