Geagea: No to non-state arms, yes to state building


Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, a key member of the March 14 alliance reiterated on Saturday his calls to end the presence of non-state weapons in Lebanon and voiced his support for state-building.

“We are saying ‘no to non-state arms in Lebanon’ but ‘yes to state-building,’” Geagea said in a speech during an event commemorating the 1994 ban placed on his party.

“These ( non-state) weapons are exposing Lebanon to Israel,” the LF leader added, in a reference to Hezbollah’s use of arms.

He also said that “there is no serious resistance without the support of half of the Lebanese people.”In reference to the march 14 alliance which is opposed to non-sate arms.

“[We] will keep on confronting the mandate of [non-state] arms.”

He also said that the LF will hold a “general conference” in a few weeks to approve the party’s internal system.

“The LF’s internal system is the outcome of a five-year project,” he said, adding that the LF will turn into “the first real democratic party.” he added that the party will elect a leader every 4 years

In March 1994, the LF was outlawed and Geagea was sent to jail after being found guilty of the 1987 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami and the 1991 attempted murder of then-Defense Minister Michel Murr.

In 2005,  following  the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, Geagea was released by official pardon.

This year, like 2005 more than one million Lebanese of all faiths demanded that Hezbollah be disarmed as they rallied Sunday March 13, to mark the sixth anniversary the Cedar Revolution, the uprising which inspired the recent revolts in the Middle East, International news agencies reported.

Following the March 13 peaceful rally the PSP website referred to it as half of Lebanon.

“The Half of Lebanon that was in the rally could not be ignored or allowed to be unnoticed despite the slogans and some of the provocative remarks that were made”. The website stated

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