UN official warns Damascus to respect “conscription agreement”

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — At the end of his visit to Syria, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged the government of Damascus to ensure that international staff are available to all areas of the country that receive returning refugees.

“It is very important that organizations such as my organization are present in the places of return (displaced people and refugees),” he said during a press conference in Beirut. He said he had sent a “strong message” to the Syrian government at the end of his three- “He said.

He stressed the importance of these organizations to have the opportunity to monitor returns and access to returnees and help them to resolve some of the problems they face, “warning that” confidence in the return of refugees retreat without this presence. ”

Grandi said he visited the provinces of Homs and Hama, central Syria, “but getting to the outskirts of Damascus is harder.”

Regarding the fears of some refugees about the possibility of being recruited into the army if they return home, Grandi said that the Syrian government gave a grace period of six months for those wanted for military service, pointing at the same time to the existence of “some cases that did not respect this in our opinion, Inform the Syrian Government about this issue.

According to UNHCR statistics, more than 5.6 million Syrians have left their country to escape the war that broke out in 2011.

Recently, Russia, together with its regional partners, has been making concrete efforts to help these refugees return to their homes.

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