What is the way ahead in Lebanon and Syria?

Posted in Broader Middle East | 21-Apr-05 | Author: Dieter Farwick

The children of Palestine in a refugee camp in Lebanon: No better future in their host country now?

With this newsletter we round up our report on the developments in Lebanon prior to the elections in May 2005. With Najib Mikati at the head of the new transition government, a close friend of Syria’s President Assad, preparations for the elections – hopefully free and fair – begin. We will carefully follow the events as they unfold and we will edit interesting articles on our home page: www.worldsecuritynetwork.com.

In this newsletter we address a special issue: The Palestinian question in Lebanon.

Whatever the outcome of the elections, this issue will remain a major stumbling block for the way ahead. In addition, in the Israel/Palestine conflict there will be no agreement signed by Israel that allows all or many Palestinian refugees to come back to Israel. There is no resolve in the Arab world to invite the Palestinian refugees to start a new life in another Arab country. In other words, the Palestinians refugees in Lebanon will stay there and they will have to stay for a longer period of time in their camps.

Our correspondent Manuela Paraipan had the opportunity to visit the largest Palestinian refugee camp –Ein el-Hilwe. She provides us with detailed insight into the hard life of these 40,000 refugees.

In an exclusive interview with WSN, senior Fatah leader in Lebanon, Fahti Abou al-Aardat, raises his voice and presents his views.

The International Crisis Group has just published a remarkable study: "Syria after Lebanon, Lebanon after Syria."

The extraordinary value of their analysis provides conclusions and recommendations for political decision makers in Lebanon, the U.S., EU, Syria and Israel. The Worldsecuritynetwork Foundation is supporting these recommendations.