Bush and Kerry tell Syrian to End Occupation of Lebanon
The United Nations
UN Security Council
issued Resolution No. 1559 that calls for the
Syrian regime to pull its occupation troops from Lebanon and to quit its
interfering in Lebanese internal affairs.
calls also for "the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and
Administration showed great strength of leadership in garnering the
support of France, Germany, and other key members of the U.N.
Security Council to obtain passage of this resolution,” said Tony Haddad,
president of the Lebanese American Council for Democracy. “The resolution
is right on point in demanding that all foreign forces be immediately
withdrawn from Lebanon, that all militias be disbanded, and that no
outside force interfere in Lebanon’s elections.”
Senator John Kerry
released the following statement today:
“I strongly support
the new UN Security Council resolution calling for the immediate
withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon, free and fair elections without
interference from Syria, and the disbanding of all armed militias.
At a time when the Lebanese people are trying to come
together and heal the wounds of years of civil war, it is especially
important to protect the independence of Lebanon and bolster public
confidence in the sanctity of the constitution. Syrian interference
in Lebanese affairs is unacceptable, and only serves to reverse some of
the modest steps Lebanon has taken to rebuild itself and its state
“Like all people in
the Middle East and around the world, the Lebanese people are entitled to
a life of liberty and peace, free of external dominance and terrorism. We
should work to restore the confidence of the many in the region who share
our values and have lost faith in our intentions over the past four years.
By leading the
effort to allow Lebanon to realize these aims and energizing our attempts
to spread peace and democracy in the region, we can take an important step
in this direction.”
The Syrian army
occupies most of Lebanon, including the main airport. It harbors and all
vital agencies with 25,000 troops and about 20,000 intelligence agents.
hundreds of Lebanese in its prisons without charges, and refuses to
implement UN Security Council resolution No. 520 (of
1982) and No. 1559 (2004) that calls for pullout of non-Lebanese
troops from Lebanon.
Lebanon was one of
the very few democracies in the entire Middle East with a constitution
that goes back to 1926.
occupied by the Syrian regime for the past 28 years, Lebanon lost its
major features of democracy and human rights.
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