March 14 Forms National Council: Hizbullah Prolonging Vacuum, Persian Scheme Dragging Region to War

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The March 14 forces announced Saturday the formation of a National Council comprising political parties, independents and civil society activists, following a closed-door conference marking the tenth anniversary of the coalition's birth.

“We have decided to form a National Council comprising political parties, independents and civil society activists. A preparatory committee will be tasked with devising a March 14 plan of action for the coming period and to draft the by-laws,” the coalition said in a statement recited by ex-PM Fouad Saniora after the rally at the BIEL center in Beirut.

March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soaid said “anyone who took part in this conference will be automatically considered a member of the general assembly” of the National Council.

“We meet here today 10 years after your uprising in the face of the tyranny that assassinated the best of our symbols,” the conferees said in a closing statement, addressing the Lebanese people.

“We tell the Arab and international public opinion that we were resilient and we preserved a civil, modern and cross-confessional movement,” they added.

“We committed mistakes and we achieved success, but we preserved our resolve. March 14 is looking forward to the future of Lebanon and the region, which we want to create with our hands, instead of leaving it a hostage to a so-called empire,” the coalition said in the statement, referring to Iran's growing influence in the region.

The conferees stressed that “Lebanon's future belongs to the Lebanese.”

“We will not give up our constitution and state, which alone must monopolize the use of force and arms in line with the applicable laws. We won't allow anyone to defeat us and we don't want to defeat anyone,” the coalition declared.

“We want the return of everyone to the state, not under preconditions, but according to the Constitution, and this should start through the election of a president,” it added.

In a jab at Tehran, the conferees warned that “the Persian scheme is seeking to drag the region into a war and ignite a Sunni-Shiite conflict, as if the people of the region are fuel for its interests.”

“Everyone is aware of the role of Iran and its proxies, topped by Hizbullah, which is implicating Lebanon and seeking to prolong the presidential vacuum,” the conferees added.

They cautioned that the Lebanese state can no longer secure the “continuity of its institutions and it is unable to find solutions.”

As for the Syrian crisis, the March 14 coalition said “the regime's crimes triggered a huge wave of sectarian and ethnic tensions and paved the way for extremism claiming to defend Islam.”

“Terrorism is threatening the entire world and at the core of this terrorism is the Syrian regime, which is committing crimes against humanity,” the conferees added.

“Today we launch a new dynamism that is aimed at containing the repercussions of violence. We call for the partnership of Muslims and Christians in running the affairs of a civil state, which is unique in this Islamic world,” they said.

The coalition called on the Lebanese to communicate with “the forces of moderation in the world.”

“We call on the Lebanese who drew lessons from the war to communicate and show solidarity to curb the violence that is being practiced by those who have not 'left their caves' -- those who are playing the game of extremism and elimination,” it said.

It also urged the Lebanese to “revive the coexistence example in a region that it being invaded by violence.”

Turning to the situation in the region, the coalition underlined that “this Orient is in critical need for efforts aimed at finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.”

The coalition was established in March 2005 in the aftermath of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, which was largely blamed on the Syrian regime at the time.

On March 14, 2005, a month after Hariri's murder, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese flocked to downtown Beirut to demand the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon after a nearly 29-year presence. The mass rally was later dubbed the Cedar Revolution or Independence Uprising.

The Syrian withdrawal did take place in April of that year.

In 2007, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a U.N.-backed court, was established to prosecute and try Hariri's killers.

The STL is now trying five Hizbullah members in absentia over their alleged involvement in the murder.

The trial opened in The Hague in January 2014.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has dismissed the court as a U.S.-Israeli scheme and vowed that the accused will never be found.

Y.R.

Timeline
  • 14 March 2015, 19:07

    March 14 General Secretariat Coordinator Fares Soaid: We announce the formation of the National Council of the March 14 forces and anyone who took part in this conference will be automatically considered a member of the general assembly.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:06

    Saniora: We have decided to form a National Council comprising political parties, independents and civil society activists. A preparatory committee will be tasked with devising a March 14 plan of action for the coming period and to draft the by-laws.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:05

    Saniora: This Orient is in critical need for efforts aimed at finding a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:05

    Saniora: We call on the Lebanese who drew lessons from the war to communicate and show solidarity to curb the violence that is being practiced by those who have not "left their caves", those who are playing the game of extremism and elimination. We call on them to revive the coexistence example in a region that it being invaded by violence.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:04

    Saniora: We call on the Lebanese to communicate with the forces of moderation in the world.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:04

    Saniora: We call for the partnership of Muslims and Christians in running the affairs of a civil state, which is unique in this Islamic world.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:04

    Saniora: Today we launch a new dynamism that is aimed at containing the repercussions of violence.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:02

    Saniora: The state can no longer secure the continuity of its institutions and it is unable to find solutions.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:02

    Saniora: Everyone is aware of the role of Iran and its proxies, topped by Hizbullah, which is implicating Lebanon and seeking to prolong the presidential vacuum.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:01

    Saniora: The Persian scheme is seeking to drag the region into a war and ignite a Sunni-Shiite conflict, as if the people of the region are fuel for its interests.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:00

    Saniora: Terrorism is threatening the entire world and at the core of this terrorism is the Syrian regime, which is committing crimes against humanity.

  • 14 March 2015, 19:00

    Saniora: The regime's crimes triggered a huge wave of sectarian and ethnic tensions and paved the way for extremism claiming to defend Islam.

  • 14 March 2015, 18:59

    Saniora: We want the return of everyone to the state, not under preconditions, but according to the Constitution, and this should start through the election of a president.

  • 14 March 2015, 18:59

    Saniora: Lebanon's future belongs to the Lebanese and we will not give up our constitution and state, which alone must monopolize the use of force and arms in line with the applicable laws. We won't allow anyone to defeat us and we don't want to defeat anyone.

  • 14 March 2015, 18:58

    Saniora: We committed mistakes and we achieved success, but we preserved our resolve. March 14 is looking forward to the future of Lebanon and the region, which we want to create with our hands, instead of leaving it a hostage to a so-called empire.

  • 14 March 2015, 18:57

    Ex-PM Saniora reciting closing statement of conference marking 10th anniversary of March 14 coalition: We meet here today 10 years after your uprising in the face of the tyranny that assassinated the best of our symbols. We tell the Arab and international public opinion that we were resilient and we preserved a civil, modern and cross-confessional movement.

Comments 14
Missing imagine_1979 14 March 2015, 19:11

14march has taken its power from the people that took the streets, those people who were dreaming of a new democratic, free and independant lebanon.. Leave ur personal interest, go back to the basis we tooked the street for, we are strong, we are the vast majority of lebanese people wanting a free democratic civil state, we donno be part of the sectarian war raging all over the region..
Keep on ur stands and we'll stand again by you...

Thumb justin 14 March 2015, 19:49

he is paid to make those statements

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:07

"Saniora: Terrorism is threatening the entire world and at the core of this terrorism is the Syrian regime, which is committing crimes against humanity."
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the March 14 coligation want´s to change the Syrian Regime...that´s why the neutrality against the takfirs that persecuted the Cristhianity! the march 14 is a jewish-whaabi coligation...

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:08

March 14 do not represent the interest of the Vatican in the region, represents only the interest of the Jewish and Saudis...represents the takfirs interests...

Missing peace 14 March 2015, 20:38

aoun was a wahhabi then when he stated the EXACT same thing! ....
pityful memory aounis have....

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:43

when the Cristhians are persecuted in Levant, the M14 want´s to put in the Presidence that support the view of Israel and Whaabis in the region against the vision of the Vatican in the region...M14, the JUDAS!

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:13

"Saniora: The Persian scheme is seeking to drag the region into a war and ignite a Sunni-Shiite conflict, as if the people of the region are fuel for its interests."
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lol that´s incredible! the Saudis-Qatar-Jewish promoting the famouse sanguinary "arab spring" and now put the guilty in others...M14 is Jewish without doubts...listening the M14 speaking about what´s happening in the region is the same that listening Netanyhau in the Congress of the United Jewish States of America...

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:20

"Saniora: We call on the Lebanese to communicate with the forces of moderation in the world."
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Israel...Saudis...the M14 put the Vatican in a extremist position because they do not have the same view of the "moderates" Israel...Saudis...Protestans...about the region in Levant...M14 the Judas of mediterranic cristhianity!

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:49

after that aoun concluded that the Congress of United States is jewish...we ask help and the USA give chaos to the cristhians...

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 21:07

of course i have a source...the reality!

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:24

"Saniora: We call on the Lebanese who drew lessons from the war to communicate and show solidarity to curb the violence that is being practiced by those who have not "left their caves", those who are playing the game of extremism and elimination. We call on them to revive the coexistence example in a region that it being invaded by violence."
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but M14 takfirs supported the destabilization of Syria that promoted the war, and now...they...Judas!!

Thumb tric.portugal 14 March 2015, 20:54

promoting the destabilization of Syria after what is happening in many countries in the midle east...M14 the Judas of the mediterranic Cristhianity!

Thumb Mystic 14 March 2015, 21:55

M14 screaming hags.

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 March 2015, 07:27

sadly fifty more conferences will do little for our split nation of idol worshipers. How many conferences does Hizballah and Clown throw each year and how many words of threats do we hear the dictator make. Still no electricity or potable water and we have the gaul to laugh at Sri-lanka and Bangladesh....

I hope they served some good petit fours with the espresso after that sumptuous meal after all the Lebanese tax payer earned it and we want the best for our Gods.