Zahra: No compromise at the expense of the martyrs’ blood


MP Antoine Zahra , a key member of the Lebanese Forces was quoted as saying on Sunday: “The Lebanese Forces supports a compromise that preserves Lebanon’s stability but not at the expense of the blood of the martyrs, ” National News Agency (NNA) reported

Zahra is referring to the Saudi-Syrian mediation effort to reach a compromise with the aim of resolving tension in Lebanon over the imminent indictment by the special Tribunal for Lebanon, STL.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) , a body created by the United Nations Security Council in 2007 , at the request of the Government of Lebanon to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, has announced that it may issue indictments in the case by the end of 2010. Some Lebanese political leaders have warned publicly that the Tribunal’s findings could spark civil unrest or other violence.

Speaking as the representative of LF leader Samir Geagea during the opening of an LF branch in the town of Oqaibah , Zahra rejected “the logic of deadlines and the talk about Lebanon before and after STL’s upcoming indictment because no one is able to change anything by himself.”

“Lebanon was not created with the Resistance” he said and added “We refuse the mentality of setting deadlines”

Zahra added: Our main concern is centered around embracing our country in all respects, especially its sovereignty and independence, maintaining its stability and protecting its citizens . Our concern is also protecting Lebanon and preventing it from becoming the platform of regional aspirations . Each time these issues come up we are confronted with intimidation , threats, mistrust… these actions do not work with us… let them review our history to know who we are. “