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Assistance to Syrian refugees: after Lebanon, PACE rapporteur continues visit to Turkey

Strasbourg, 21.08.2013 – Jean-Marie Bockel (France, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on international assistance for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq, today begins a fact-finding visit to Turkey (21 to 22 August 2013), following on from a visit to Lebanon (19-20 August).

In Hatay (21-22 August), Mr Bockel will meet the Governor of Hatay and Turkish government officials – including from the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency in the Prime Ministers’ Office – as well as representatives of the Red Crescent in Turkey. He will also visit a local centre where refugees are accommodated, and will speak to local residents about the impact of the refugee influx on the local community.

In Lebanon, Mr Bockel met Syrian refugees in Alaawi (South Lebanon) and Ketermaya (Mount Lebanon) and discussed their situation with representatives of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and other NGOs working in the field. During these exchanges of view, he drew the authorities’ attention in particular to the situation of women and children.

Mr Bockel’s report is a follow-up to a current affairs debate held by the Assembly on this topic in April 2013.