Cyprus Contributes to Reconstruction of Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon
Nicosia, Jun 26 - The Republic of Cyprus is contributing 100 thousand Euro to the reconstruction of the Palestinian Nahr el Bared refugee camp in Lebanon, as was stated by Ambassador Kornilios Korniliou, the Foreign Minister's Office Director, during the International Donors Conference, held on June 23, 2008, in Vienna under the auspices of Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plasnik.
According to an official announcement, speaking at the Conference on behalf of Foreign Minister Marcos Kyprianou, Mr. Korniliou noted that the Republic of Cyprus has included Lebanon in its Strategy for Development Cooperation and added that between 2007 and 2011 and under the long-term commitment to support Lebanon, Cyprus will spend 1.1 million Euro for reconstructing projects in Lebanon.
Mr. Korniliou also said that Cyprus is closely monitoring the developments in Lebanon, as the nearest to Lebanon EU member state and given the historical ties of friendship between the two states.
“Under the provisions of the Doha Agreement and with the election of President Suleiman, Lebanon is entering a new era of stability,” he said and expressed the hope this latest development to contribute to the peace process in the Middle East.
The Prime Minister of Lebanon Fouad Siniora, the Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Secretary General of the Arab League Amre Moussa and the EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Benita Ferrero Waldner, along with 60 Foreign Ministers or officials and international organization representatives, participated to the Conference.
The Palestinian Nahr El Bared refugee camp is situated near the city of Tripoli in Lebanon. Nahr El Bared was completely destroyed during the hostilities that lasted three month in 2007.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the Government of Lebanon and the World Bank, plan to rebuild a town for 27 thousand people with an estimated cost of 182 million Euro. The project is expected to begin in 2009 and to be concluded in 2011.