Interior minister: Need to control border, prevent armed people entering Lebanon from Syria


Interior Minister Marwan Charbel rejected on Thursday statements that Lebanon’s control of the Lebanese-Syrian border came at Syria’s behest.

“It is a Lebanese request not to allow armed [people] to enter Lebanon or [to enter Syria] through Lebanon,” Charbel told the Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio station.

Asked about the Higher Defense Council meeting which will be held later on Thursday, Charbel said the council would address the issue of the Lebanese-Syrian border and coordination between security forces.

“The meeting will also discuss preventing any armed person from entering Lebanon from Syria [or vice versa].”

Charbel added that controlling the border with Syria “does not contradict aiding Syrian refugees.”

Syria, which has witnessed anti-regime protests since mid-March 2011, has said that weapons were being smuggled into the country via Lebanon.

Thousands of Syrians have fled the unrest in their country, which according to the UN has left more than 7,500 dead.

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