U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab meet with Lebanese and Syrian students at a school in Bourj Hammoud, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The international community is keen to bolster Lebanon's stability at this precarious moment, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.Recognizing Lebanon's "tremendous sacrifice" in hosting more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees, Eliasson said the funds would be used for humanitarian aid and development projects in underserved Lebanese municipalities.Last year, the U.N. appealed for $1.8 billion to care for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, but as of mid-December has received less than half that amount.Eliasson stressed the need for all Lebanese parties to abide by the Baabda declaration, which enshrines Lebanon's official policy of disassociation from the Syrian conflict.Lebanon's security is at least in part contingent upon a political solution to the Syrian crisis, Eliasson added.Echoing calls made recently by other foreign dignitaries, Eliasson also appealed for Lebanon to elect a president.
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