BEIRUT: The European Union said Saturday it understood Lebanon’s dissociation policy toward events in Syria and said it was committed to offering humanitarian assistance to those fleeing violence in Lebanon’s neighbor. Olof Skoog, head the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the Council of the European Union, following a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail, also said the EU would continue to offer assistance on border security, a statement from Mikati’s office read. President Michel Sleiman and Mikati said Friday that Lebanon would maintain a disassociation policy toward Syria while extending aid to refugees. Addressing the U.N. General Assembly Thursday night in New York City, Mikati warned that the drawn-out crisis in Syria threatens civil peace in the Middle East and said the world must isolate Lebanon from it. He also stressed that “Lebanon adheres to the disassociation policy, but not in terms of the humane duty toward Syrian refugees.” [Link]