In light of the recent attention with regard to the co-chairs' statement from the conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" in Brussels on 24-25 April 2018, the European Union Delegation to Lebanon and the United Nations Resident Coordinator office in Lebanon reiterate that there has been no change in the position of the international community. This position is reiterated in the "Lebanon Partnership Paper" jointly prepared for the Brussels II Conference by the Government of Lebanon, the European Union, the United Nations, and its international partners.
The EU and the UN view the presence of Syrian refugees in Lebanon as temporary. Solutions being sought for refugees are outside Lebanon. Moreover, participation in the labour market can only take place in accordance with Lebanese law.
Lebanese media on 26 April 2018 noted a paragraph in the co-chairs declaration of the Conference which expressed "the need to ensure that any evacuation of civilians must be safe, informed, temporary, voluntary in nature and a solution of last resort including the destination of their choice, the right to return and the choice to stay, as per international humanitarian law." This paragraph relates to the situation of populations affected by the conflict within Syria, it does not pertain to Lebanon and does not relate to refugees.
The EU and the UN remain fully engaged, in a spirit of partnership, in supporting Lebanon to address the challenges and will continue to provide substantial support.