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Joint Coordination Committee holds another session in Moscow to discuss repatriation of Syrian refugees

President of Lebanon Michel Naim Aoun held a telephone conversation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to discuss repatriation and assistance required for Syrian refugees. In the end, President of Lebanon called on all political forces of Lebanon to join this crucial humanitarian mission.

Jordanian leadership intensifies its contacts with the Syrian government and takes measures to improve land communications, and facilitates confidence in Syrian government among refugees.

As a result of work of Filippo Grandi, the Commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in Lebanon, Jordan in Syria, we expect that international organisations take practical steps to support repatriation of Syrian refugees.

Foreign investors show interest in infrastructure rehabilitation and recovery of Syrian economy. Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China encourages large national enterprises to deepen cooperation with Syrian companies.

Due to take measures, in total over 238,000 people have return back to Syria from abroad, with over 9,500 people – over last two months; more than 9,000 Syrians have left Lebanon for Syria.

Over 1,220,000 internally displaced persons (IPDs) have already returned back to their homes. Since the beginning of the year, it has been almost 140,000 IDPs.

In total, in the Syrian Arab Republic:

93 medical and 226 educational organizations have been recovered;

335km of roads have been repaired;

261kilometers of power lines laid ;

88 power substations, 74 water supply facilities and two fuel-energy complexes have been put into operation;

14 schools are ready for a new school year.

But still there are some challenges that we face. We still face obstacles, first of all, contrived ones along with organized countermeasures against humanitarian repatriation.

This was announced at the sites of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Official spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova cited some excerpts from questionnaires distributed by the officials of the UN specialized agencies across a country in Middle East among Syrian refugees willing to return home. These questionnaires can be only characterized as provocative and directed on making psychological pressure on people, being in daunting life situation.

Report by Mr. Hussein Makhlouf.

In order to provide unimpeded repatriation of Syrians, and create favourable conditions for the returnees, we facilitate all legal procedures concerning ID and property right documents. 

We attach particular attention to security measures for all Syrians, as well as to prevent any groundless prosecutions by investigating authorities.

We work on extending housing and creating more jobs in the areas populated by returnees.

In regions liberated from terrorists social infrastructure is being rehabilitated 24/7.

Over the past week 109 houses have been reconstructed. One kindergarten, three schools, four medical centres, a bakery and one water supply station have been opened.

Currently, in 129 settlements, work is underway to overhaul 88 schools, 60 kindergartens, 63 bakeries, 68 water pump stations, 57 electric substations, 59 medical centres and 638 houses.

The Russian Federation takes active part in recovering of the country.

Report by Faisal Mekdad, Syrian Deputy-Foreign Minister.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic takes measures to organise repatriation of Syrians .

Main efforts are focused on providing Syrian refugees abroad with information on favourable environment created in their homeland We conduct this activit amid propaganda campaign and sanctions imposed on Syria by a number os western countries.

A number of measures has been taken to facilitate issuing of required documents to Syrians observing all terms and conditions of repatriation.

In order to fulfill the Repatriation Plan our diplomats cooperate with international organisations, first of all with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

We actively conduct bilateral consultations with the countries that received our refugees.

Today, the most efficient cooperation has been established with the Lebanese side, – as a result over 9,000 Syrian citizens have returned to the Syrian territory in a short period of time.

Report by Wael Al Badin, Deputy Minister of Social Affairs and Labour.

In order to improve planning system and to enable people to return back to life in peace, the Ministry is monitoring changes in the labour market. We control supply & demand in various spheres of economy.

Another important aspect of our activity is featured in educational programme for Syrians with further employment. Its successful implementation provided 2,000 training places and 500 jobs in Damascus and Homs provinces.

In 2018, according to the results of training, it is planned to provide 500 jobs in industrial establishments Sheikh Najar in the province of Aleppo.

The program is being implemented so that graduates of Syrian universities and institutes can acquire practical skills in various specialties, during which they pass six paid practices directly at workplaces.

There are currently 53 social security institutions operating in Syria, which provide services in various fields (care for women, children, the disabled and the elderly).

Seven social centres have reconstructed, with five of them providing services for the disabled.

Students with disabilities willing to continue their academic work are provided with educational grants.

As part of social protection system the Syrian government is working with more than 1,500 official public organizations, additionally providing free social and stimulating services to the population.

Another priority of the Ministry is the rural development programme. A network of 29 centres has been established to provide services in the areas of economic, social, healthcare and education.

The Government is supporting development of rural economy. Programs on granting subsidies and concessional loans have been developed for various categories of citizens, as well as small business enterprises .

Report of Assistant Minister of Education Dr. Saeed Khurasani.

At present, 14 schools are ready for a new school year.

There is extensive work to restore educational funds. In total during combat actions, five schools have been recovered; since the beginning of the year - 785, with 422 of them over the past two months.  I would like to note the work of the Union of students who repaired six schools on their own in Damascus province.

We are working on repatriation of specialists in the field of education from abroad. It is the priority for us.

The total number of pedagogical and administrative personnel is 300,000 people.

Educational institutions are ready to accept 4 million students in the new school year.

I would like to note that stable functioning of the national education system contributes significantly to the return of the Syrians to their homeland.

Report by Assistant Minister of Health Dr. Ahmed Hlefaui.

At present, 150 medical centres have been recovered. Twenty-six clinics and seventeen hospitals have been recovered.

Vaccination coverage, preventive measures to diseases of children and elderly people, counselling for young parents to ensure the life and health of infants.

The most important activity of the Ministry is to provide medical institutions with qualified personnel. All measures are being taken to encourage the return of medical personnel who fled the country during the war.

Report by the representative of the Ministry of National Reconciliation Jany Haddur.

At present, our department has created a special unit to work with citizens ' appeals willing to return to their homeland, where they can get answers to any questions about the procedure of settling their status.

Eleven offices of the Ministry of National Reconciliation have been additionally formed to receive applications from citizens or their relatives in the territory of the country.

Report of the Assistant Minister of Information Ahmed Dauua.

Our office is working to explain to citizens the procedure of repatriation. Information on the basic services and benefits provided by the Government in areas exempted from terrorism is published on public and private television channels, as well as on specially organized electronic internet sites.

We organise live broadcasts of meetings with government members directly concerned with the supervision and return of refugees.

The process of repatriation from border zones, as well as to reception centres built by the state, is covered by the media. We distribute interviews with the citizens who arrived at the places of residence, about the services and benefits received from the state.

Besides, the national media are showing daily programmes and information materials that underscore the Syrian state's interest in returning refugees and the willingness of government institutions to help every Syrian. We highlight the government's work to rehabilitate basic infrastructure in areas liberated from terrorists.

Report by Division General Hassan Marouf (Ministry of the Internal Affairs).

In cooperation with Lebanese law enforcement forces, active measures are being taken to secure the Lebanese-Syrian border, to prevent illegal migration, illegal trafficking of arms and drugs.

In the southern regions of the Republic, on directly border with Jordan, the safety of motor traffic has been restored and active reconstruction works are underway. Migration process is being controlled on the Syria-Jordan border.

The presence of Syrian citizens in the Rukban camp is an urgent issue for us. At present, it is planned to organise the first transition of our citizens to places of pre-war residence.

Report by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.

It is our task to take all necessary measures to eliminate any criticism of the return of refugees and to bring to the international community and Syrian citizens objective information on the ongoing activities in post-war Syria.

Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Leonidovich Burtsev, please inform the Syrian diplomats about establishing contacts with the foreign offices in other countries.

Report of Nikolay Burtsev, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.

On 28 August, there was a session of the United Nations Security Council, during which the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, Vasily Alekseevich Nebenzia, once again called on the entire international community to jointly address the repatriation challenges.

The Russian Embassy in Ankara maintains regular contacts with representatives of the local Syrian opposition (High Committee on Negotiations, National Coalition, etc.), as well as individual refugees.

Efforts are being taken to facilitate passport and customs control, provide social and medical services, facilitate training and employment, and provide soft loans.

The Ministry of Justice of the Syrian Arab Republic is preparing for a gradual liberalization of national legislation regarding to the stabilization of the situation in the country.

According to the earlier taken decisions of the Joint Coordination Committee, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs clarified the information on the UN Information Centre being established in Copenhagen to monitor refugee flows. The center is expected to start working in 2019.

According to the mission of Russia to the UN Office in Geneva, the International Organization for Migration is ready to cooperate with us on repatriation. However, the final decision will focus on the assessments of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Report by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev.

Russia is facilitating the return of all Syrians wishing to return home voluntarily.

Situation in the Rukban refugee camp is of particular concern: due to position of the American side denying humanitarian convoys access to the refugee camp, more than 70,000 people are in dire conditions. It is reported that the camp serves as a refuge for terrorists. This situation requires an immediate action.

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