Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun voiced on Friday his objection to the series of kidnappings that have taken place in Lebanon, saying that the causes of the incidents need to be addressed.
He said of the security unrest: “The instability will not spread to other areas because our political camp is containing it.”
He made his remarks during a ceremony in honor of the Seven group that helps fund the FPM.
“The political camp that the FPM belongs to has demonstrated its ability to confront the unrest and end it when the need arises,” continued Aoun.
Clashes broke out on Monday between the rival Tripoli neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen over an individual dispute.
The fighting soon escalated, resulting in 13 deaths and at least 95 wounded.
On the kidnappings, the MP noted: “They are the product of certain incidents.”
Several Syrians have been kidnapped in Lebanon in recent days over the kidnapping in Syria of Hassan al-Meqdad.
Al-Meqdad clan’s military wing has claimed responsibility for most of the abductions in Lebanon, as well as the kidnapping of two Turkish nationals.
In May, 11 Lebanese pilgrims were kidnapped in Syria as they were making their way back to Lebanon from a pilgrimage in Iran.
Addressing the flow of Syrian refugees into northern Lebanon, Aoun remarked: “The Lebanese government cannot implement its dissociation policy on the developments in Akkar and Tripoli in light of the great flow of refugees.”
“Fighters bent of combating Syria have also entered Lebanese territory in defiance of international law,” he revealed.
Syrian refugees have flooded Lebanon to escape their country’s crackdown against anti-regime protests that broke out in March 2011.
“Reason tells us to keep out of the problems of others,” added Aoun.
In an indirect reference to Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, the FPM chief said: “One must examine the history of every political figure in order to determine his true inclinations.”
“Whoever frequently changes his stances cannot built a nation,” Aoun stated.
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