Solidere tells Aoun: Leave downtown Beirut away from politics


Solidere issued a statement on Wednesday slamming Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun and MP Nabil Nicolas, and responded to their accusations that “the internet service that Solidere provides can be used to contact the Israeli enemy.”

“Such statements are pure imagination ,” Solidere said, adding that the company provides internet service through a telecommunications network that only works in Downtown Beirut.

The statement also said that the company has a permit from the Ministry of Telecommunications and it coordinates the supplying of its internet services with all relevant official figures.

“The telecommunications network is not independent but it is linked to the local and international telecommunications networks,” the statement added.

Solidere also rejected statements comparing the internet service it provides with the illegal telecommunications network spread in some Lebanese areas ( a possible reference to Hezbollah’s private network) , and voiced hope that politicians keep Downtown Beirut away from political debates.

Aoun was trying to defend his ally Hezbollah in its alleged efforts to install a parallel network in the upper Metn Town of Tarshish , so he tried to justify Hezbollah’s network by comparing it to Solidere’s.

Solidere is the largest Lebanese real estate development company established in 1994 and listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange. Solidere is exclusively responsible for the reconstruction and the development of the Beirut Central District.

On the other hand the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah is a militant organization that describes itself as a resistance movement , but in 2008 Hezbollah pointed its guns at the Lebanese people .

According to observers, since Aoun is a key ally of Hezbollah , there is serious concern in Lebanon that he is trying to cover up Hezbollah’s attempt to use the state’s telcom network infrastructure to install its own. Aoun, like Hezbollah threatened yesterday that the fuss over the Tarshish incident could lead to a repetition of May 7, 2008 event.

In May 2008, Hezbollah occupied the western part of Beirut and tried but failed to occupy Mt Lebanon when the cabinet of former PM Fouad Siniora decided to remove the party’s telecommunications network .