The Foreign Ministry building in Beirut, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The U.N. refugee agency has a little over 1 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon.The second category would be asked to return to these safe zones, the source said – adding that this could be facilitated swiftly, unless delays were caused if Lebanon were required to coordinate with international bodies or the Syrian state.The refugee crisis has long been a controversial issue in Lebanon, with one political camp calling for direct negotiations with the Syrian regime and the other calling for the U.N. to oversee the return of the refugees.Although the U.N. and other international bodies have said the time is not right for the return of Syrian refugees, Lebanese factions have said the decision should be up to the Lebanese.
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