Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun Saturday reneged on his agreement with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea which he signed in Rabiya last month prior to the endorsement of his presidential candidacy by the LF leader .
Speaking to OTV, Aoun reaffirmed on Saturday his party’s 10-year-long alliance with Hezbollah, expressing gratitude to its military involvement in Syria which he said helps safeguard Lebanon.
He said Lebanon needed the help of Hezbollah to defend the border as the national army was not large enough or quipped enough to take on the task.
“Our army does not have the equipment or numbers to defend the border, so Hezbollah has graciously took on this task because our families are in danger.”
“We are currently living in a state of war on Lebanese soil and we need Hezbollah to defend the Lebanese border,” Aoun said.
But according to paragraph 5 of the Aoun Geagea agreement , the former army chief and Geagea agreed to” back the army both morally and financially to enable it to be the only military force throughout Lebanon “
Also according to paragraph 9 of the agreement Hezbollah should not be fighting in Syria because this contradicts the Baabda declaration which was agreed on by all parties during national dialogue talks at the Baabda palace . The declaration calls for isolating Lebanon from the conflict in Syria .
Tens of thousands of Hezbollah fighters are in Syria to help the forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al Al Assad against the mostly Sunni Syrian rebels .
Text of Aoun Geagea agreement in Arabic