V4 report: Russia, U.S. Eyeing Joint Plan For Return Of Syrian Refugees without UN involvement.
There is no need to get the UN’s approval to proceed. They have made themselves quite irrelevant these days and may only act as an obstacle. Maybe they can help with humanitarian aid but they have proven to be incapable in other areas.
The proposal is currently being “studied” in Washington. We shall see but helping Syrians return is a desirable goal for all. Of course, there are also proposals to rebuild Syria, which will be needed to restore hope and to encourage even more Syrians to return.
Best of luck.
The Russian ministry estimates that over 1.7 million Syrian refugees would be able to return to Syria in the near future, including an estimated 890,000 refugees from Lebanon, 300,000 from Turkey, and 200,000 who are living in European Union countries.
According to Radio Free Europe, the proposed deal with Donald Trump may be the first to officially endorse Russia’s role in efforts to rebuild and resettle the country without UN involvement and with Assad still fully in control of the government.
The summit included a two-hour meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during which they discussed Syria, Ukraine, and other world affairs with no staff present other than interpreters.
Little is known publicly about what was said or agreed to in that meeting. But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed on July 20 that the return of Syrian refugees had been part of the presidents’ talks.
“There was a discussion between President Trump and President Putin about the resolution in Syria and how we might get the refugees back,” Pompeo told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.
*** One does not have to fully embrace Russia or the US to realize that this may be an effort worth pursuing. What other option is there besides permanent resettlement…an option we do not think is viable or wise?
Now, what about those economic migrants? When do they go home? Angela? Dimitris?
It’s time to have a little chat with the leaders of Africa, especially Morocco and Tunisia, on a personal basis. Europe needs to send them a message…one they personally hear loud and clear.