Derbas offers a gift to Mountain after the press conference in Beirut, Monday, July 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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The Lebanese government is eager to coordinate with Syrian authorities to facilitate the return of Syrian refugees, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said Monday.Derbas' comments came toward the end of a news conference marking the second midterm review of the Lebanese Crisis Response Plan (LCPR), a government-led initiative to manage the effects of the Syrian civil war on Lebanon.Previously Derbas and other members of government have criticized so-called "economic refugees" who, despite living closer to Iraq, Jordan or Turkey, flee to Lebanon to earn money working.Helou did not elaborate on what steps the government would take to reduce the number of refugees in Lebanon.While the LCRP calls for $2.14 billion to fund programs that help poor Lebanese, struggling municipalities and Syrian refugees, just $600 million has been raised so far, Derbas said.
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