Aoun: Rifi’s Numerous Violations Makes him Ineligible to Remain in his Positionإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun stated on Tuesday that Internal Security Force chief Major General Ashraf Rifi’s several violations “make him ineligible to remain in his position in office.”
He said after the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: “His statement that he was born out of the March 14 camp’s womb is one of his violations because this is not part of the ISF law.”
“Whoever covers up his violations does not want the rise of the state and its institutions,” he added.
On the dispute over land ownership in the town of Lassa, the MP said that this dispute dates back to 1939 when a land survey took place and quarrel broke out over it.
A meeting recently took place under Bkirki’s sponsorship in order to settle the affair, Aoun noted.
This issue is no longer a dispute, but a matter that should be settled in court, he stressed.
“This is a dispute among brothers” and whoever tried to portray it as a Shiite-Christian problem is attempting to create unrest, he emphasized.
A few weeks ago, a delegation from the Maronite League was prevented from conducting a land survey in Lassa and few days afterwards an MTV crew was attacked by a party as it was attempting to film in the area.
On upcoming Christian meetings under the sponsorship of the Maronite Patriarchate, Aoun said: “No one is forcing any one to take part in the meeting.”
He made his statement in response to Lebanese Force leader Samir Geagea’s recent statements that “he would think twice before attending such meetings in the future.”
“No one is forced to remain silent when his rights are violated. We are not defending Hizbullah as it doesn’t require anyone to defend it,” Aoun continued.
“Its arms should be studied through a defense strategy,” he stressed.
“The decision of war and peace is in Israeli and American hands, not in Lebanon and Hizbullah’s control,” the MP noted.
“We are the ones who were attacked and we defended ourselves. An occupied people have the right to liberate their land through any means available,” the FPM leader declared.
“Hizbullah did not direct its weapons to the internal scene except in response to a decision by the Lebanese government,” Aoun said.
On the trial of retired general Fayez Karam, the MP stated: “I think the next trial will be the last one. I have looked at the case and I hope the judges would assess it without being affected by media campaigns.”
Regarding the March 14 legal conference held at the Bristol Hotel on Tuesday, he remarked: “Respecting U.N. resolutions takes place through the parliament, cabinet, and presidency, but in the past agreements were illegally adopted and therefore, we are not obligated to cooperate with the U.N.”
26 July 2011, 17:23
MP Aoun: The legitimacy of the arms is derived from the right to defend the country against aggression. Hizbullah only turned its weapons on the internal scene over a decision taken by the Lebanese cabinet.
26 July 2011, 17:23
MP Aoun on the March 14 legal conference: Respecting U.N. resolutions takes place through the parliament, cabinet, and presidency, but in the past agreements were illegally adopted and therefore, we are not obligated to cooperate with the U.N.
26 July 2011, 17:18
MP Aoun: The decision to wage a war in Lebanon lies in American and Israeli hands. Hizbullah is being attacked because it is confronting Israel. We aren’t the ones who turned Lebanon into an open battleground, but the battle was imposed on us.
26 July 2011, 17:17
MP Aoun: I hope the media campaigns on the issue of Fayez Karam won’t affect the judges’ work.
26 July 2011, 17:16
MP Aoun: I didn’t say that I am obligated to defend Hizbullah, but I acknowledged the existence of a dispute and that the Patriarch should mediate to end it. There is no Shiite-Christian dispute and those concerned and Hizbullah don’t need anyone to defend them.
26 July 2011, 17:13
MP Aoun: No one is forcing anyone to attend the Bkirki meetings.
26 July 2011, 17:13
MP Aoun: ISF chief Rifi has committed a number of violations, including taking security measures against the Interior Minister’s orders.
26 July 2011, 17:10
MP Aoun: The Bkirki statement encompassed the people involved in the dispute, so what do politicians and media officials have to do with it? The dispute over land ownership is between the citizens.
26 July 2011, 17:06
MP Aoun: Everyone knows of the land survey dispute in Lassa, which dates back to 1939.
26 July 2011, 17:05
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: We hope the new cabinet will immediately address the people’s concerns, such as approve various projects even though we haven’t had a budget since 2010.