Geagea urges Hezbollah to come back home


geagea def20Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea urged Hezbollah to bring back home its fighters from Syria, hand over its weapons to the state, become part of the Lebanese fold, and limit its losses, al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Geagea told the daily : “I hope President Michel Suleiman and Primer Minister-designate Tammam Salam will assume their responsibilities until the very end because the fate of the state depends on what they do.”

Geagea stressed the need to form a new government and avoid political vacuum, saying that he prefers the formation of a neutral cabinet of technocrats .

Commenting on the instability in Lebanon, Geagea said: “The situation is complicated and the future is not clear, especially regarding the parliamentary and presidential elections, in light of Hezbollah’s policy of obstructing all state institutions.”

On the other hand Geagea ruled outthe possibility of a new civil war in Lebanon, adding that the situation in the country is linked to the unrest in Syria and it also lies in the hands of the Lebanese people themselves.

“At this particular moment Hezbollah is Lebanon’s only problem,” Geagea stressed.

“I am not seeking to eliminate Hezbollah from the political scene in Lebanon, but I want to eliminate the means in which it is undermining the state,” Geagea added.

Geagea also said that the recent rockets that were fired in the Baabda region were a message to Suleiman over his criticism of Hezbollah’s fighting in Syria.

“I do not rule out the possibility that they will send him other messages that will hit closer to home,” he warned.

Asked if a direct threat could be directed against the president, he responded: “Why not? Former Premier Rafik Hariri was assassinated” so nothing can be ruled out.

“We are still counting on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon” to create changes in Lebanon, Geagea said.

On August 1 , two 107 mm rockets were fired at the Baabda area .

One landed within the security perimeter of the Presidential Palace and the other within the security perimeter of the Army headquarters .

The attack came hours after President Suleiman gave a speech during the ceremony marking the 68 the Army Day in which he criticized Hezbollah’s defense of the Syrian regime.