He noted that the meeting was also an important opportunity to express to President al-Assad the UNHCR's high appreciation of Syria for hosting a large number of refugees bearing the consequences
and burdens of that on Syria and its economy.
He stated that Aoun "lost his opportunity to spark a true national movement towards Lebanon becoming a civil state and is now bearing the consequences
of his actions.
Catherine Wolthuizen, the organisation's chief executive, said, "Given the particular vulnerability of the girls, their lack of any previous criminal record, their youth and their status as pawns in a larger operation, run by other parties who have not yet been caught or prosecuted, it is deeply unfortunate that they, and not the men who lured them to Ghana, are bearing the consequences
But because a 'challenging' standard of proficiency, as NCLB requires, is impossible for all students, who come to school bearing the consequences
of gross social and economic inequalities that affect their abilities to learn, NCLB invites states to game the system by redefining low levels of achievement as 'proficient,' by focusing primarily on children just below the proficiency point, and by dropping important subjects from the curriculum to concentrate on test preparation.
The impression has been created that America is bearing the consequences
of Saudi incompetence, corruption, and inaction.