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A - the words of MP Antoine Zahra.
Weapons’ withdrawal was the only one missed in Lebanese political life. It allowed a confiscated democracy in Lebanon and had directed the political game through intimidation and threats.
According to "Lebanese Forces" member, MP Antoine Zahra, the new words of Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the issue of weapons are the only ones missed from Lebanese political life. This allowed a confiscated democracy in Lebanon and had directed the political game through intimidation and threats. That is why the Independence Uprising in 2005 had failed their objectives in order to really enter the State Building Project.
He added: "It is quite clear there is no State in the presence of illegal weapons, especially when they are owned by a team participating in the political power “. Pointing out that this present speech is clear and well required to prepare the ground for real democratic life.
In an interview to Radio "Voice of Lebanon" (100.5), he announced the battle beginning for the liberation of democratic life from weapons prevalence and threatening. He stress that the forces of "14 March Group" are in the process of re-activating the Uprising, which was reflecting the aspirations of civil society and a wider sector of the Lebanese people who exceed parties' organizations.
He added: "A small group of leaders in the 14 March Group Direction is not our expected goal". He prefers an expanded leaders’ group including more than the usual political leaders.
B - Saad Hariri: "Everybody
mistrust you as much all Lebanese hate arms predominance”. Hezbollah's weapons
are a national problem.
February 28, 2011.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has declared Lebanon will never be a healthy State as long as the illegal weapons are ready for use against any people of the country, stressing that the Lebanese are fed up of mistrust, and hate arms predominance.
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri began his first day in the opposition Monday with a blistering attack on Hezbollah, saying the group’s weapons have become a national problem that was poisoning the political and cultural life in Lebanon and needed a national solution.
Hariri also accused Hezbollah of using its weapons internally in the past three years to influence political disputes in its favor, culminating recently with the ouster of Hariri’s Cabinet and the subsequent appointment of Hezbollah-backed former Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form a new government.
Hariri’s statement was likely to further deepen the split between the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance and Hariri’s March 14 coalition over the problem of the group’s weapons, a major divisive issue among Lebanese.
Recalling clashes between Hezbollah fighters and other rival gunmen in Beirut since 2008, Hariri, addressing Hezbollah, said: “We simply decided to tell you what each and every Lebanese is saying everyday: The Lebanese system and the economic, social, cultural, political and constitutional life as well as the right of the Lebanese people to a secure and safe life, will never be achieved as long as these weapons are ready to be used against your countrymen.”
Hariri was speaking to caretaker ministers, lawmakers and officials of his Future Movement at his residence in Downtown Beirut. His speech came a day after the March 14 coalition announced it would not participate in the Cabinet to be formed by Mikati and vowed to confront what it called the Hezbollah-led “coup” that resulted in the ouster of Hariri’s Cabinet on Jan. 12.
Hariri pledged not to allow the supremacy of weapons to poison the sincere will of the Lebanese people who are seeking the truth and justice in the 2005 assassination of his father, statesman Rafik Hariri, and “in their right to a decent, independent living, and in their pacific and noble defense of their future and the future of their children.”
Hariri said the March 14 coalition decided to go to the opposition after Mikati failed to provide answers concerning three points:
- The government’s commitment to end the supremacy of weapons over political life in Lebanon;
- its commitment to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon;
- and its commitment to the Constitution.
“After a full month, the March 14 parties considered the absence of an answer to be an answer in itself, or more explicitly, an absence of decision and an absence of will, and therefore they announced to all the Lebanese that their place was not in this government,” Hariri said.
Hariri accused Hezbollah of reneging on its promises not to use its arms internally to settle political differences or withdraw from the government. Hariri’s Cabinet was brought down following the resignations of ministers of Hezbollah and its March 8 allies in a long-running dispute over the U.N.-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon. “The problem is when you say that these weapons will not be used internally, and then we find that they are only used internally, since the ‘glorious day’ on May 7, 2008, and how can we forget the ‘glorious day,’ the bullying day of the people of Beirut and the mountain,” Hariri said.
He was referring to sectarian street clashes between pro-and anti-government gunmen in Beirut and in the mountains after Hezbollah’s fighters briefly took over west Beirut to protest the government’s decision to dismantle the group’s private telecoms network. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah described May 7, 2008, as a “glorious day” because it eventually forced the government to revoke its decision.
The 2008 clashes resulted in the Doha Accord in which the rival factions pledged not to use violence in resolving political differences or withdraw from the Cabinet.
Hariri, who was the leader of the parliament majority, accused Hezbollah of changing the majority “under threat that if some MPs respected the opinion of their voters, then these weapons are ready to be used against your countrymen.”
Hariri rejected the use of weapons to impose a Parliament speaker or a prime minister. “The Lebanese will say ‘it’s ok’ because the weapons are ready to be used against your countrymen. No. It is not ok. We simply decided to tell you: No. It is not ok,” he said.
“We want to tell you [Hezbollah] that just because you have weapons, this doesn’t mean that you are right. The weapons may give control, but they don’t give a majority. The majority is produced by the ballot boxes, without weapons. The majority expresses its views in the Parliament, without weapons,” he said.
He added that the majority of the Lebanese people would take to the streets on March 14, 2011, to reject “the tutelage of weapons over the Constitution and national life.”
C – Dori CHAMOUN : “ We said in intervention in Bristol, yes for tribunal, no for weapons. And people will not remain silent.”
1 March 2011
By Salman Al-Andari.
MP Dory Chamoun said that "the statement issued by 14 March Group, in Bristol, two days before, has clarified the 14 March Group Position about non participation in a new government headed by Najib Mikati. This good position was unanimously taken. We refuse any engagement in a cabinet which does not respect the International Tribunal for Lebanon or would not resolve Hezbollah weapons conflict.” He added: “yes for tribunal, no for weapons, in defense of freedom and democracy in this country which is being exposed under the heaviest and most dangerous campaigns in history”.
In an exclusive interview with 14 March website Chamoun told: “14 March Group has explained to Lebanese public opinion the reasons that pushed it to refuse to participate in the government, and therefore do not care what Prime Minister Mikati could do”.
CHAMOUN regrets what Mikati said hoping to form a government with one color "to avoid riot”, adding that "the Prime Minister Mikati apparently doesn’t want to engage 14 March Forces in a government which had been hijacked by some known bad parties. The Saad Hariri position was clear that we can not accept a government that stands against the International Tribunal for Lebanon, and it is intimidated by armed terrorists. This destroys the foundations of genuine democracy in Lebanon”.
CHAMOUN thinks the 8 March Group, who appointed Mikati, will surely embarrass him in the next few days. He criticized strongly the insistence of Michel AOUN, leader of Change and Reform Bloc, who wants to "seize half the government," under several banners, saying that " AOUN is not free in his decisions and he receives orders from Hezbollah and Syria”.
He added: "We will have an uphill battle to confront Hezbollah and every no legitimacy in this country, after our transition to the ranks of the opposition. We will make every effort to protect the Lebanese Constitution, the Taif Agreement, and the State Institutions that suffered doubtlessly attacks, violations and abuses in recent years. We will defend the powers of the presidency and the government presidency. "
He predicted popular participation will be "large and distinctive," on 14 March, 2011, "because the people of 14 March will not stand silent and impotent in face of the enemies’ attacks upon Lebanese entity. Therefore people will be on our side, supportive of our positions and stick to our principles which were launched by the massive popular movement in 2005”.
He continued: " 14 March people will strongly participate on 14 March 2011 demonstration, since it is impossible to leave away our issues, our country, our principles and our future after all the sacrifices we were made over many years, and after dozens’ deaths of innocent victims, and the assassination of political intellectual and media leaders."
He said: "Despite all the concessions we have made in the recent period under well known headings and considerations, today we're going to fight into a militant and decisive opposition, according to the democracy foundations. We will not accept to remove Lebanon from the international legitimacy externally, and the Constitution legitimacy, internally."
And whether President Michel Sleiman would agree to form a government of one color, and will sign a decree on its formation, CHAMOUN said: "President Sleiman has reservations on a large number of points associated to his own authority, he insists to get the Ministry of Interior. While Michel AOUN refuses to yield some ministries to the President arguing he has no parliamentary bloc."