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11 Jan 98:
Minister Joseph Hashem said that payment to finance the return of the displaced
should be accompanied by a new mechanism to prevent further squandering by the
He claimed that LL331 billion have already been wasted and
pointed out that the amount of money remaining from treasury bills and previous
budgets dedicated to the return of the displaced was between $200million and
12 Jan 98:
meeting with the Maronite League Pierre Helou said he was surprised that the
1998 budget bill had not allotted any funds to assist the return of the
15 Jan 98:
promised to disclose plans to settle the problem of displaced after the Eid al
Fitr holiday and defended the defended the government reconstruction and
At al Iftar of the Iqlim el Kharroub community, Hariri
pledged that a comprehensive solution for the displaced, including the means of
financing, would be revealed after the holiday.
Council for development and
reconstruction president Nabil Jisr told the audience that the CDR had achieved
considerable progress in the area.
He listed development projects
including the construction of two schools.
A Saudi-funded $1.2million
project to build a primary school in Dibbiyeh has been put to tender.
promised that 75-bed hospital in Sibline would be inaugurated in May, as
scheduled. The $10million project, which is being funded by the Saudi Arabian
government and Saudi Fund for Development, involves $6.2million in construction
and $3.9m for the new hospital equipment.
21 Jan 98:
to show up in parliament for the budget debate to highlight his objection to
tax proposal. His opposition was also echoed through a statement by his
Progressive Socialist Party, which said that it could never support a budget
that would inflict greater burden on the majority of people.
24 Jan 98:
The head of the
Maronite League quoted prime minister as saying that a new initiative to speed
up the return of the war displaced will be announced after parliament ends its
debate of the fiscal budget.
He said that Hariri pledged that a beginning
of a solution for the issue of the displaced as well as providing funds for it,
will be settled once the parliament is done with the budget debate.
26 Jan 98:
A long awaited
meeting between emigrant affairs minister Talal Arslan and Maronite Patriarch
proved an excellent affair said sources, as two discussed topics ranging from
the return of the displaced, the politic of the diaspora and the necessity of
Arslan described his consultation with Hariri,
last week, over funding development, and the return of the displaced as
positive, but noted that most parliamentary blocs and political parties were
represented in the cabinet, and therefore familiar with the details of the
plans on the table.
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