Mogherini discusses EU help to Lebanon and Jordan on Syrian refugees and West Bank demolitions with MEPs
May 11, 2016
EU assistance to Lebanon and Jordan in coping with millions of Syrian refugees and the demolition of Palestinian buildings in the West Bank were amongst the topics of the debates that EU High Representative Federica Mogherini took part in at the European parliament yesterday (10 May).
“Lebanon alone hosts almost as many Syrians as the entire European Union. Those who believe that refugees will destroy our Union should look at these figures and feel ashamed”, Mogherini told the Chamber, pointing out that Europe is providing as much support as possible: “No one has invested as much as the European Union in helping Syrian refugees, almost EUR 6 billion has been mobilised. The resilience of Lebanon and Jordan is strategic also for our own security”.
The High Representative also spoke about West Bank displacement and demolitions by Israel – including of EU-funded projects. “The expansion of settlements challenges the two-State solution. So does the growing trend of demolitions and confiscations of Palestinian structures, including those funded by the European Union and Member States. The same goes for the worsening living conditions of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza”, she said adding “what is key is working at the concrete perspective of the two states and how to put that in place in the near future”, referring to the Quartet report that she will discuss at the Parliament in the coming weeks.(EU Neighbourhood Info)