Patriarch attacks M14 politicians for boycotting dialogue

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai on Thursday attacked the March 14 opposition politicians for boycotting the national dialogue talks aimed at resolving the key issues facing Lebanon.

“Shame on you if you do not participate in national dialogue sessions,” National News Agency quoted Rai as saying and adding.

“It is shameful and sad if political authorities in Lebanon were unable to reach an agreement over an electoral law that suits the Lebanese people’s aspirations.”

Commenting on the Syrian Refugees issue he said.

“It is shameful for politicians not to sit together to discuss the issue of Syrian refugees, which is the biggest humanitarian and social problem facing us today.”

President Michel Suleiman has repeatedly been calling for national dialogue. He renewed his invitation for Lebanon’s political leaders to attend a new dialogue session on January 7, 2013, but this date has reportedly been postponed too.

March 14 alliance had announced its boycott of government-related activity, including the national dialogue, in light of the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence chief Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan on October 19.

It accused Syria and Hezbollah of being behind the crime and blamed the government of covering up for the criminals, demanding its resignation as a condition to ending its boycott.

Ever since he was elected as the new Maronite Patriarch, Rai has been critical of March 14 and supportive of Hezbollah and Syria according to analysts.

  • nagy_michael2

    Why don’t spend your time instead of helping the poor and pray for the victims of Syrian regime and Lebanese who are suffering under your master Nassrallah.

  • nagy_michael2

    Why don’t spend your time instead of helping the poor and pray for the victims of Syrian regime and Lebanese who are suffering under your master Nassrallah.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

    Wow another idiotic religious leader!
    Is there anyone normal in Lebanon?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QUHCMQH262LEGPZCMEGORVMP2I Preview

    Wow another idiotic religious leader!
    Is there anyone normal in Lebanon?

  • Patience2

    I thought right from the beginning this man was ‘of the hezbians’.  Sad.

  • Patience2

    I thought right from the beginning this man was ‘of the hezbians’.  Sad.

  • Ghassan Karam

    The Patriarch is entitled to his own opinion but his opinion should not be treated as anything more than a one persons opinion. His ecclesiastical position ought to carry no political weight whatsoever since this is an area that he knows nothing about and thus should refrain from issuing political statements.

  • http://profiles.google.com/karam.ghassan Ghassan Karam

    The Patriarch is entitled to his own opinion but his opinion should not be treated as anything more than a one persons opinion. His ecclesiastical position ought to carry no political weight whatsoever since this is an area that he knows nothing about and thus should refrain from issuing political statements.