Gemayel outlines steps for stabilizing Lebanon


Phalange Party MP Sami Gemayel outlined in a statement during his visit to Houston, Texas the steps needed to bring stability back to Lebanon.

They are:

-By bringing political assassins to justice.

This is in reference to the political assassinations that took place in Lebanon starting with the attempted assassination of MP Marwan Hamada in 2004 , the assassinations of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 and the other assassinations of March 14 leaders .

By disarming Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias

This is in reference to the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah and the Palestinian militants that receive orders from Syria , such as PFLP -GC ( Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine -General Command .

By stopping forces outside Lebanon from interfering in domestic affairs.

This is in reference to the interference by Iran and Syria

“It is better for Syria to open a new page with all the Lebanese and not just one party,” Gemayel added.

He also stressed that “Lebanon and Syria need to have good a relationship.”

Tension escalated in Lebanon following reports that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of Lebanon’s 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 to support his claim. Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have been calling for the abolition of STL.

Jumblatt is concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife, but others disagree since Hezbollah and its allies the Syrian backed Palestinian militants are the only armed militias in Lebanon.