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Hariri: Current crisis due to illegal weapons held by one party
 
 
 
 
 
 
08-03-2016
 
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that the current political crisis in the country is not due to the political system, based on the Taef Accord, as some like to say from time to time, but to the presence of illegal weapons in the hands of one Lebanese party, which keeps the situation unstable and allows weapons to control all levels of the country.


He stressed that any new political contract will not work as long as there is a Lebanese party carrying illegal weapons. But the important thing is that we reach a political settlement, and this is why we launched our initiative to elect a president. We are committed to the initiative and we hope to see results soon to put an end to the vacancy, pointing that "Hezbollah is not working seriously to end the vacancy."


Premier Hariri said during a meeting at the "Center House" with a delegation representing heads of municipalities, mayors and "Future Movement" cadres in Batroun and Jbeil: "It is true the Taef Accord ended the civil war that ravaged Lebanon for years, but the presence of weapons is dangerous and they will remain a threat to civil peace. Everyone knows that we refuse to carry weapons or to resort to them to solve political disagreements."


He pointed out that the country is experiencing a cold war in light of the current political division. He said: "The existing problem is not due to the political contract or system, but because we are affected by the ongoing war in Syria and its consequences, and no one can predict the results of the crisis in Syria despite the Russian interference in the war."


Hariri considered that Hezbollah could not decide the fate of its weapons by himself because the decision is not in his hands but in the hands of the Iranian regime and the settlement regarding Hezbollah's weapons is purely regional. Thus, any change in the political contract or system will not change a thing and the division will remain in the country."


He noted: "We refuse to be dragged to the escalation campaigns or to incite feelings or respond to the provocative stances against us because in the end we carry the responsibility very seriously and we represent the good people who experienced the tragedies of civil wars and refuse to experience it again". He added that Hezbollah's fighting alongside the Syrian regime against the Syrian people is madness."


Hariri considered that "we are currently going through a dramatic confrontation between the Arab Gulf states and Iran due to Iran's negative interference in the affairs of several Arab countries." He said that the Gulf Cooperation Council states did not take the last measures because they are angry of Lebanon but because they are concerned about it.


"They took these steps after they discovered several destructive cells associated to Hezbollah in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait."


He pointed that Hezbollah consider itself an empire, entitled what others are not. "When any topic or sensitive issue is brought up in the cabinet, Hezbollah ministers insist on a ministerial consensus to take a decision, but Hezbollah's fighting in Syria or Irak or Yemen was a decision taken by the party alone without asking the opinion of any Lebanese."


Premier Hariri added: "We are concerned and care about Lebanon. We follow the path of Martyr Prime Minister Rafic Hariri who totally refused to form a militia and insisted on teaching the youth and arming them with education at the peak of the civil war."


He added: "The country is currently passing through a very sensitive period, but despite all this Lebanon can rise again thanks to the cohesion of its sons and their belief in coexistence, which is a lifestyle that we practice and not just empty words that we reiterate from time to time.


Rafic Hariri believed in this and implemented it and I will walk on the same path and will continue with you. Some want to limit themselves to a neighborhood in politics, but when I say coexistence I live it, practice it and breathe it. If some want to limit me to my sect, this won't work because I am Lebanese, Lebanese first, and when I am in this post I am honored to be a Sunni Muslim but I also represent all the Lebanese, Muslims and Christians. This is who I am and this is how I think. "


He concluded: "We want to gain Lebanon the state and the nation, all the constituents of the state and a nation for all Lebanese. You represent towns that believe in coexistence and implement it in words and deeds. We hope to succeed in putting an end to this crisis despite all the difficulties facing us."
 
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