Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman said Friday that the international community was not sufficiently sharing the burden of displaced Syrians with Lebanon.

According to a statement by his media office, Suleiman told the ambassadors of major powers and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly that the Syrian refugees have put a severe strain on Lebanon's economy and "the participation of countries in sharing this burden is not sufficient", Xinhua reported.

Every day hundreds of refugees arrive at the gates of the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations in Beirut.

While the conflict is confined to their country, the Syrians keep coming to Lebanon to seek refuge. Officially, they are already more than 760,000 who have to be registered or in the process of being registered with UNHCR.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:10

Lebanon seeks help to cope with Syrian influx

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman has appealed for more assistance to deal with the high number of Syrian refugees living in the country, saying the international community's efforts to date have been insufficient.

"The financial contribution is not enough, and the participation in sharing the number of refugees is not enough," Sleiman said, after meeting representatives from several countries and international organisations, including the Arab League and the European Union.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has voiced concern over the condition in his country due to the inflow of at least a million Syrian refugees.

On Tuesday, Suleiman lamented the crisis in Lebanon in his address to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, saying the number of refugees have reached around a fourth of Lebanon's population of 4.5 million.