Geagea says “no longer trusts Hezbollah to engage in talks”

During a televised news conference at his Maarab residence , Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Friday that engaging in National Dialogue with Hezbollah to resolve the issue of its arms would be a waste of time since the resistance group has never implemented any of the decisions agreed in previous dialogue sessions.

Geagea also slammed Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s threats against Israel, saying that the Lebanese had not authorized his group to set the country’s foreign policy.

“Hezbollah is not willing to discuss its arms. Therefore, on what grounds should we participate in more Dialogue sessions?”Geagea asked .

“We support Dialogue in principle but not one that has produced nothing but lies and cheating,” he added.

“One of decisions arrived during previous National Dialogue sessions was the formation of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which was established in 2007 to try those behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri but Hezbollah lawmakers withdrew from the government when the decision was referred to Parliament,” Geagea said.

“The 2008 Doha Accord, which ended street clashes in Beirut between supporters of Future Movement and Hezbollah, stipulated the formation of a national unity government and banned any attempts to obstruct it, but in 2011 the Hezbollah led March 8 ministers resigned and forced the collapse of the government of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s,” Geagea added.

President Michel Suleiman resumed all-party talks in July to discuss a national defense strategy to benefit from Hezbollah’s arsenal, but Hezbollah insists that its weapons are a red line and should remain under its authority while the March 14 say all arms should be under the jurisdiction of the state.

Geagea, whose party boycotted the resumption of Dialogue altogether earlier this year, said the talks were held even as several political figures were being assassinated.

The LF leader said he longer has any trust in Hezbollah in order to resume the national dialogue talks.

“We no longer have trust in them to engage in talks,” he said.

Geagea also criticized Hezbollah’s recent attempts to draw Israel into a fight. He addressed Nasrallah by saying:

“You are not authorized to take such stances. The president and the government have such authority from the Lebanese people but you don’t.”

In his televised speech last week, Nasrallah said that Hezbollah’s missiles would rain down on Tel Aviv and other cities if the Jewish state attacked Lebanon.

“If Israel couldn’t handle a handful of Fajr-5 rockets during the eight days ( war in Gaza with Hamas) – how would it cope with thousands of rockets which would fall on Tel Aviv and other cities  ?” Nasrallah was quoted as saying and which analysts interpreted as a provocation by Hezbollah to draw Israel into a war similar to what it did in 2006.

 

DS/ agencies

  • Hannibal

    me neither…

  • Hannibal

    me neither…

  • plomca

    Has any terrorist /criminal organization have ever handed over their weapons? No!

    Why? Because the weapons they hold, are the tools they use, to promote and terrorize those that oppose them or get in their way, while carrying out terrorist or criminal activities inside or outside of Lebanon.

    Hezbollah can never be and absolutely never be trusted – ever! They are nothing but terrorists/criminals looking out for only theirs and Iran’s agenda. Not Lebanon’s.

    • Hannibal

      So true…

  • plomca

    Has any terrorist /criminal organization have ever handed over their weapons? No!

    Why? Because the weapons they hold, are the tools they use, to promote and terrorize those that oppose them or get in their way, while carrying out terrorist or criminal activities inside or outside of Lebanon.

    Hezbollah can never be and absolutely never be trusted – ever! They are nothing but terrorists/criminals looking out for only theirs and Iran’s agenda. Not Lebanon’s.

    • Hannibal

      So true…

  • JS_Bach

    It’s not a matter of trust. I don’t think we ever arrived to “trust” in order to now lose it. It’s a matter of record and basic logical principles.

    First, this so-called “dialogue” has already happened—multiple times. Many points were agreed upon and decided. And 99% of the agreed items were then blocked, hampered or never implemented.

    Second, how can I sit on the same table with a group who wants to kill me and has been actively killing me for 8 years nonstop? Let those bloodsuckers go have “dialogue” with their Ayatollah in Ayran.The only reason they want dialogue now is to drag their assassination targets out of secure enclaves and hopefully nab a valuable target or two on their way to the “dialogue” location.

    • Hannibal

      ha ha using my term Ayran? it is copyrighted!

      • JS_Bach

        No no, it was independently discovered ;-)

  • JS_Bach

    It’s not a matter of trust. I don’t think we ever arrived to “trust” in order to now lose it. It’s a matter of record and basic logical principles.

    First, this so-called “dialogue” has already happened—multiple times. Many points were agreed upon and decided. And 99% of the agreed items were then blocked, hampered or never implemented.

    Second, how can I sit on the same table with a group who wants to kill me and has been actively killing me for 8 years nonstop? Let those bloodsuckers go have “dialogue” with their Ayatollah in Ayran.The only reason they want dialogue now is to drag their assassination targets out of secure enclaves and hopefully nab a valuable target or two on their way to the “dialogue” location.

    • Hannibal

      ha ha using my term Ayran? it is copyrighted!

      • JS_Bach

        No no, it was independently discovered ;-)

  • FadiAbboud

    This man speaks the truth . It is too bad that although he has done time and apologized for his tainted past, people still judge him on his past mistakes..
    He should send the same message through another well respected political activist to be his mouthpiece.  People may then start listening to his message and stop judging him.

    • JS_Bach

      I’m sorry but “done time” doesn’t even apply here. And why should he apologize for his “tainted” past? Has anybody? Who of all the vampires in politics today does not have a tainted past, has apologized, and has “done time”? He has “done time” under a rigged iron-fist regime with absolutely no institutions. They put him away and persecuted (not prosecuted) his followers. So people with brains shouldn’t need a proxy/mouthpiece to be able to hear his points.

      On the other parts, I agree with you.

      • Hannibal

        yes kebesh ma7raqa… beshoufo el nasra be 3ayno bass ma beshoufo el kheezooq be 3aynon…

  • FadiAbboud

    This man speaks the truth . It is too bad that although he has done time and apologized for his tainted past, people still judge him on his past mistakes..
    He should send the same message through another well respected political activist to be his mouthpiece.  People may then start listening to his message and stop judging him.

    • JS_Bach

      I’m sorry but “done time” doesn’t even apply here. And why should he apologize for his “tainted” past? Has anybody? Who of all the vampires in politics today does not have a tainted past, has apologized, and has “done time”? He has “done time” under a rigged iron-fist regime with absolutely no institutions. They put him away and persecuted (not prosecuted) his followers.

      On the other parts, I agree with you.

      • Hannibal

        yes kebesh ma7raqa… beshoufo el nasra be 3ayno bass ma beshoufo el kheezooq be 3aynon…

  • Fauzia45

    When there is no trust ,there is no dialogue!Trust is built when there are open minds that accept the other side ,that accept free discussion on all the policies of the state!Force and unlimited power have never built!!They have destroyed states,killed lives and caused human suffering!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Like with Hamas, and the PLO(A), there can be little dialogue when one side says only ‘my way or nothing’.
      Why do ‘talks’ break off? Because one ‘side’ doesn’t … it only lectures.

  • Fauzia45

    When there is no trust ,there is no dialogue!Trust is built when there are open minds that accept the other side ,that accept free discussion on all the policies of the state!Force and unlimited power have never built!!They have destroyed states,killed lives and caused human suffering!!

    • 5thDrawer

      Like with Hamas, and the PLO(A), there can be little dialogue when one side says only ‘my way or nothing’.
      Why do ‘talks’ break off? Because one ‘side’ doesn’t … it only lectures.

  • dateam

    since 2006 we have been waiting for a national defense strategy….where is it? see you can agree to disagree thats part of having dialogue…but m14 has never offered anything….and m8 why should they give it up when no offers are being placed? there is alot more involved than just giving up the arms? sit down put an offer on the table and negotiate…on the issue of arms everyone has them..are we in denial that gagea dosent have any arms as well?

  • dateam

    since 2006 we have been waiting for a national defense strategy….where is it? see you can agree to disagree thats part of having dialogue…but m14 has never offered anything….and m8 why should they give it up when no offers are being placed? there is alot more involved than just giving up the arms? sit down put an offer on the table and negotiate…on the issue of arms everyone has them..are we in denial that gagea dosent have any arms as well?

  • Patience2

     “no longer trusts…..”  Makes me wonder what conditions were when he DID trust the hezbians!

  • Patience2

     “no longer trusts…..”  Makes me wonder what conditions were when he DID trust the hezbians!