27 Dec 2018 12:34

Over 1,000 Syrian refugees return from Lebanon, Jordan almost every day - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. Dec 27 (Interfax) - According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 80% of Syrian refugees would like to return home, Russian Foreign Ministry representative Igor Tsarikov said on Thursday.

"According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 82% of Syrians would like to return to their homes today. More than 1,000 refugees arrive from Lebanon and Jordan almost every day. The total of number of people who have returned since the relevant Russian initiative was launched in July has exceeded 70,000," Tsarikov said at a joint expanded meeting of the Russian and Syrian taskforces promoting refugees' return to Syria.

Russia continues working on the idea of calling an international conference on Syrian refugees together with the UN's relevant agency, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other members of the international community, he said.

A major asset of such a conference may become its potential to bring together all of the sides that sincerely want to settle the crisis in Syria as soon as possible, Tsarikov said.