Jumblatt “will not utter a word” after March 16


Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said he will make a statement “that will close up a big wound” on March 16 on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of his father’s assassination “and after that, I will not utter a word.”

“On March 16, the 33rd anniversary of Kamal Jumblat’s assassination, I will say words that will seal a big wound. These will be the final words. I will not utter a word afterwards,” Jumblatt said in an interview published Tuesday by the daily Al-Akhbar. Jumblat refused to reveal the content of his March 16 speech.

“True, that my sect as well as the Christians are on the threshold of extinction, but they remain the same in Mount Lebanon and in Jabal al- Druze, although I prefer to call it Jabal al-Arab,” Jumblat added.

He stressed that “there should be respect for the minority and for its struggles.”

“Do they want Walid Jumblat to go to Syria alone or with his sect?” he asked. “If they wanted him to go with his community, then they must respect its dignity.”

“I hear them remind me of the time I said that I lied to the Syrians 25 years. This was due to an emotional outburst. I was wrong.

“Everybody makes mistakes. President Assad, in turn, said Syria has made mistakes in Lebanon and has admitted them. He (Assad) certainly made a mistake by extending Emile Lahoud’s term.

Jumblat, however, believed that the biggest mistake was U.N. Security Council Resolution 1559. “It was the biggest trap for Lebanon and Syria. I was against the Bristol group (March 14 alliance) when they supported this resolution, and I was against them when they dispatched a delegation to Los Angeles at the time. (Naharnet)



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