Former Lebanese president and Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel said on Sunday during a mass which was held to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the assassination of his son , former Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel : “We don’t need another national charter, or another Taif Accord or Doha Agreement, but all we need a verdict on who killed our martyrs.”
All initiatives are welcome , whether Arab or international after a verdict is issued, Gemayel added.
“We will not ensconce before justice is achieved. We want justice because we reject vengeance. We want truth because we reject false testimonies. We want the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) because we want stability. We want justice for the sake of justice.”
“This is our right and we will not back down from building the state no matter what obstacles face us . The clock’s hands will not turn back. We will not accept any settlement at the expense of our martyrs’ blood.”
“They thought they would harm the party by assassinating Pierre , but the Phalange will stay,” Gemayel added.
Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in 2006.
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, the Hezbollah chief 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.
Some leaders are concerned that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to a Shiite-Sunni strife, others aren’t as worried and see this as a desperate attempt by Hezbollah to intimidate and scare the Lebanese and specially PM Saad Hariri .
The Pro Syrian Al Akhbar newspaper reported last week that Hezbollah has prepared a plan to take over Lebanon when STL issues its indictment for the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun , (a close ally of Hezbollah ) said last Wednesday that Hezbollah might violently respond to an STL indictment that accuses Hezbollah party’s members in Hariri’s assassination.
Another FPM member MP Alain Aoun said on Saturday that the Lebanese must “have reservations about any decision issued by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).”
The MP told Sawt al-Mada radio station that the tribunal was not established in accordance with the Lebanese constitution.