Displaced Syrians the Focus of Talks between Abu Faour and UN Humanitarian Chief

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The conditions of the displaced Syrian people living in Lebanon were the focus of the meeting of Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour and the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos that was held on Thursday, August 16, in Beirut.

Abu Faour said that the meeting was an opportunity for the Lebanese government to confirm commitment to its humanitarian duties towards the displaced Syrians.

For her part, Amos, who has recently been in Syria and held talks with the Syrian authorities, told reporters that there were about 2.5 million Syrians who needed humanitarian assistance inside Syria itself, besides the displaced people who fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.

SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos:
“The agreement that we reached after we did the assessment at the end of March in Syria was that there were about a million people who needed assistance. Our view is that that number has probably gone up to about 2.5 million. This is the people in Syrian itself. Separate to that of course, there are the people who have fled over the borders to Jordan, coming here to Lebanon, but also in Turkey and Iraq has refugees. The Syrian authorities also agreed that eight international NGOs operating in Syria could be part of that response effort and could support the UN agencies.”

“The UN Refugee Agency, as you know, is pleased to be able to work closely with the (Lebanese) authorities and we will do everything that we can to continue with that support, and in particular I hear your call for the need for increased funding to support the government’s own efforts.” Amos added.

The United Nations stated that the total number of Syrian refugees in four neighboring countries has reached about 15,000.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has recently reported that there are 36,841 registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: August 16, 2012
Shooting Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Publishing Time: August 16, 2012
Length: 0:01:35
Video Size: 94.1 MB
Language: English
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SHOTLIST:
1- Various shots of the meeting of Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Wael Abu Faour with United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos
2- Various shots of Abu Faour and Amos at a press conference after the meeting
3- SOUNDBITE 1 (English) - UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos:
“The agreement that we reached after we did the assessment at the end of March in Syria was that there were about a million people who needed assistance. Our view is that that number has probably gone up to about 2.5 million. This is the people in Syrian itself. Separate to that of course, there are the people who have fled over the borders to Jordan, coming here to Lebanon, but also in Turkey and Iraq has refugees. The Syrian authorities also agreed that eight international NGOs operating in Syria could be part of that response effort and could support the UN agencies.” 4- Various shots of the press conference
5- Pan left, Abu Faour, Amos and attendees leaving after the press conference

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