Geagea: LF will only join cabinet based on Baabda accord


geagea 121713Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea refuses to participate in a new cabinet based on “the formula People-Army-Resistance’ and insisted that the only political phrase that should be included in the ministerial statement is the Baabda Declaration.

“The formula ‘People-Army-Resistance’ is out of the question and the only political section that should be included in the ministerial statement is the Baabda Declaration,” Geagea said during an interview with Future TV on Wednesday.

The term resistance refers to the iranian backed hezbollah militant group which is insisting that it should be part of lebanon’s official defense strategy.

“I have become more and more convinced of not taking part in the government after I heard the statement of Hezbollah MP] Ali Ammar regarding the ‘People-Army-Resistance’ formula in the ministerial statement.”

“My decision to participate in the government is linked to including the Baabda Declaration as the sole political section of the ministerial statement,” he stressed.

The Baabda Declaration was issued following a national dialogue in 2012, and was championed by President Michel Suleiman.

It states that Lebanon should distance itself from regional and international conflicts.

The LF leader further criticized Hezbollah, saying that it was not a trustworthy partner in the government.

“I am not obliged to suffer the consequences of Hezbollah’s acts when it doesn’t even ask for my opinion on anything. Would Hezbollah accept today to control the border to prevent the entry of takfiri groups? Of course not, because that will limit its movements.”

Geagea also lashed out at caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour who, earlier in the day, defended the intervention of Hezbollah in Syria during his speech at the Geneva II peace talks.

“His speech during the Geneva II meeting represented the point of view of Hezbollah.” Geagea said

He also warned that Hezbollah’s presence in Syria will keep on jeopardizing the security situation in Lebanon even if the opposing political parties agree on the formation of a new government.

“If an 8-8-8 cabinet is formed but Hezbollah continues fighting in Syria the security situation will remain the same.” Geagea said

Regarding the alleged dispute over the cabinet issue between the LF and its ally in the March 14 coalition, the Future Movement, Geagea said that his objection to the participation in a political government did not affect the close personal relationship with Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri.

“My personal relationship with Hariri is one thing and my political stance regarding the cabinet is another.”

“If I want to base my decision on my personal relationship, I would take part in the government, but if I want to think with my head, I wouldn’t.”

Turning to the presidential election issue, Geagea said that the March 14 coalition will agree on one candidate “who would stand a chance in the presidential battle.”

He, however, warned that if the March 14 political plan failed “Lebanon will cease to exist.”

The formation of a new Lebanese cabinet gained momentum following the announcement of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in which he declared that he is now ready to share power with his rivals Hezbollah if that’s what it takes to help Lebanon finally form a government after nine months of political deadlock.

Hariri told Reuters in The Hague , where he was attending the trial in absentia of four Hezbollah members charged with his father’s killing, that he’s not only ready to share power with Hezbollah but is optimistic they can come to an agreement.

“We’re trying to run the country with everyone, because we do not want to keep anyone outside,” he said in an interview last Thursday after attending the opening session of the Special Tribunal For Lebanon.

However, the LF have voiced their refusal to join a government with Hezbollah.
“ March 14 is holding on to its two conditions: that Hezbollah withdraws its fighters from Syria and that the formula of the unity of the Lebanese people, army and resistance be replaced by the Baabda declaration in the ministerial statement” of a new cabinet”, according to sources



13 responses to “Geagea: LF will only join cabinet based on Baabda accord”

  1. MekensehParty Avatar

    Hariri has proved times and again that he’s a wuss
    They walked all over him so many times that it’s not funny anymore.
    And now he wants to form a government with them again?
    This country is a bad tom and jerry episode

    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      He knows that no cabinet will be formed without them or the country will turn to havoc. But this is the perfect way to expose Hezbollah and if they are smart, the conflict wont last long.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        Lebanese should face the truth and stop lying to themselves. The country IS in havoc. A car bombing every week or so, an open civil war in the country’s second largest city, rockets falling from the other side of the border and a terrorist organization reigning supreme on all institutions… If this is not havoc then what is?
        The term that best suits Lebanon as a country is “failed state”.
        When a business fails without any possible solution, it declares bankruptcy and if it wants to stay in business, it restructures itself.
        Lebanon is a company going bankrupt by all accounts. National unity government is a temporary patch that won’t stop the hemorrhage. Only the admission that it failed (the act of DECLARING bankruptcy for companies) and an effort to restructure the country through a new system/constitution is the only chance to salvage anything. “Partnership” the way Hariri is presenting it is doomed to fail and time will prove it again.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Said it before … ‘Bienvenue au Somalia du Nord’.

    2. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I don’t believe he said he ‘wants’ to. He said he’s ‘willing’ to IF it gets a government to actually exist ‘together’ and begin working again – on Lebanon and ALL it’s problems of, at least, infrastructure.

      1. MekensehParty Avatar

        How is it going to work together and can any government even made of krypton residents work on ALL lebanon’s problem? If every time you put your hand in mine I cut one of your fingers, at one point after finding out all 10 fingers are gone, you have to come to the conclusion that you can’t shake hands with these bastards.
        Stick to the neutral government proposed by the president, that’s the best and safest bet.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          Yah. Sure. I’ve said it before too. But Neutrality??
          Make the elected parliament work, and forget the stupid cabinet of ‘talking heads’ bumping their gums at each other all the time. Who the hell are the ones ‘elected’ in each area to actually run things??
          Oh, lots of neutrality there too …
          If the people can’t find a leader to be their ‘boss’, maybe they should just get off the pot and do some work themselves.
          Send the ‘bills’ to the ‘Pres’.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            Nothing will work under the current constitution
            It’s falsehood built on falsehood
            They need to redefine the whole concept of the Lebanese state (if this is the name they want to give it). Until then, there won’t be solutions to any problem.

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Nobody reads us or Ghassan … I’m growing tired of it, and too sad.

          3. MekensehParty Avatar

            Every country has a model citizen.
            In Lebanon the model is the “maniak”
            Not the thinker, the writer, the doctor, the gentleman… No they love “maneyik” and all want to be driving like one, parking their cars like one, walking into a club/hooka and shai cafe like one, talking like one…
            I remember when I was in Lebanon I would be reading a book and people would ask me if I was studying… Tells a lot how people view books (in general).
            Balad el maneyik

        2. man-o-war Avatar

          Why do you care? Maybe there will be another bombing you can flip to and enjoy some severed body parts with your morning joe. For the meantime flip back to Sportscenter.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar

            When adults are talking kids should go play outside…

          2. man-o-war Avatar

            I just got done playing inside with you know who ; )

            You expect us all to burn up and die in the next 10-20 years and your disdain for Arabs is evident by your posts. So, remind us again why you care what happens in Lebanon?

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