Phalange party MP and former minister Elie Marouni told Free Lebanon radio on Saturday that “Syria is waiting for sedition in Lebanon to re-occupy the country.”
“ Syria still has the intention of returning to Lebanon,” Marouni stressed
Syrian troops withdrew from Lebanon in April 2005 following the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri.
On the other hand Marouni said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s visits to Damascus as Lebanon’s premier are necessary to turn the page with Syria.
“We support PM Hariri because we are aware of the pressure aimed at forcing him to fail ,” Marouni said.
Marouni said that the awaited indictment by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) is only the beginning of the road and not the end of it.
Marouni stressed that Hezbollah will have the chance to defend itself if it is indicted
“Hezbollah can present plenty of evidence to defend its innocence , if it will to be indicted by the tribunal ,” Marouni said
Tension escalated in Lebanon after reports said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL. Some March 8 coalition politicians have been calling for the abolition of the tribunal, while Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and former head of General Security Jamil as-Sayyed publicly attacked the government.