„How Lebanon escaped the refugees trap in Berlin
PM Salam, Foreign Minister Gibran Bassil and Minister of Social Affairs Rashid Derbass worked on aborting this endeavour and hindering the draft document that Lebanon was to sign As-Safir learned that the scenario that was being prepared for Lebanon at the Berlin Conference consisted of issuing an internationally binding document that will be issued at a later phase by the presidency of the International Security Council. According to the available pieces of information, the Turks are the ones who called for including a clause in the documents draft asking Lebanon to sign the 1951 refugees agreement.
Widely informed sources told As-Safir that an internal party served to provide the organizers of the conference with the impression that the suggested document might pass. The sources added that the external sides would not have dared to weave the threads of such a document without a collusion somewhere in Lebanon.
The [Lebanese] ministry of foreign affairs completely rejected this draft and threatened to boycott the Berlin conference. The participation of the entire Lebanese delegation was said to be jeopardized unless the organizing country, Germany, responds to the counter Lebanese suggestion, which still needs to be promoted for the thirty countries that are taking part in the conference on the basis that Lebanon is going there in order to receive help to confront the refugees crisis rather than to receive orders
[The Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs] Rashid Derbass, told As-Safir that Lebanon refuses to be part of the asylum agreement because this will lead to outcomes and burdens exceeding Lebanons ability to bear and will lead to some serious internal repercussions. He warned that this agreement implicitly aims at pushing us to adapt to and accept the displacement situation, to teach the refugees how to work in some occupations and to merge them in the Lebanese community in return of some support and aid…“ – As-Safir, Lebanon“