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The Internally Displaced Persons



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  1. November 1998

    • 10 November 98:
      The return of the displaced was the focus of discussion at Bkirki, where Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Nasrallah Butros Sfeir received MP Antoine Andraous, the former president of the Central Fund for the Displaced.
      Mr. Andraous declined comment after the meeting, but Bkerki sources said Cardinal Sfeir insisted that the return of the displaced be completed in the next presidential mandate, and cannot "remain a subject of political extortion."
      The CFD is under the authority of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, while the Ministry for the Displaced is headed by Walid Jumblatt. Politicians close to both sides have accused the other of being responsible for massive waste in overseeing the return, while other political parties and groups have also benefited financially during the distribution of funds since 1993.

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