Aoun Urges 'Dissociating' Lebanon by 'Strong President who Can Gather All Parties, Equipping Army'

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Saturday called for “dissociating” Lebanon from the regional conflicts through electing “a strong president” who can “gather all parties” and providing modern arms and training to the army.

“The fire is surrounding us but it won't reach us and if we want to dissociate Lebanon from its surroundings, we have missions to perform, such as the election of a strong president for a strong state and strong army, a president who would truly represent his popular base,” said Aoun at an FPM dinner commemorating the March 14, 1989 Liberation War.

“We want a president who would reconcile between all parties and we want to build well-equipped and well-trained armed forces, instead of settling for saluting the army's martyrs,” Aoun added.

“We are all army in Arsal and across Lebanon and we are all resistance against Israel and the takfiris and terrorists,” he declared.

The FPM leader warned that the current changes in the region and the world “cannot bear further waiting.”

“We must confront them unified. We must choose what we want of them before others impose what they want on us and we're invited to start a new chapter through extending our hands to each other,” he added.

Aoun underlined that “we must overcome the negativity of the past in order to deserve the future."

Aoun served as the PM of one of two rival governments contending for power in Lebanon from 1988 to 1990.

He declared what he called a “Liberation War” against Syrian forces present in Lebanon on March 14, 1989. On October 13, 1990, the Syrian forces invaded the areas under Aoun's control and overran the presidential palace.

Aoun left the palace and sought refuge in the French embassy and was later allowed to travel to France. He returned to Lebanon on May 7, 2005, eleven days after the withdrawal of Syrian troops.

In 2006, as head of the FPM, he signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hizbullah. He later visited Syria in 2009.

“Officials inside and outside Lebanon tried to delay my return to the country until after the (2005) parliamentary elections with the aim of eliminating me from political life,” Aoun charged.

Recalling the election of president Michel Suleiman after the Doha agreement that followed the May 7, 2008 clashes, Aoun stressed that “this mistake will not be repeated and there won't be another Doha."

“Our political choices are aimed at preserving Lebanon and we succeeded in achieving this objective and Lebanon remained stable despite the contradictions that inflamed some throats but failed to inflame the situation on the ground,” Aoun said

He pointed out that during all stages, the FPM's concern was to preserve stability.

“Because we believe that dialogue is the gateway to salvation and that the country can only be built on partnership, we engaged in dialogue with ex-PM Saad Hariri, which led to the formation of the cabinet of national interest,” Aoun noted.

The country has been without a president since Suleiman's term ended on May 25, 2014. Political disputes and electoral rivalry between Aoun and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea have so far prevented the election of a successor.

Y.R.

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  • 14 March 2015, 23:04

    Aoun: We must overcome the negativity of the past in order to deserve the future.

  • 14 March 2015, 23:03

    Aoun: The current changes cannot bear further waiting and we must confront them unified. We must choose what we want of them before others impose what they want on us and we're invited to start a new chapter through extending our hands to each other.

  • 14 March 2015, 23:02

    Aoun: Let us avoid the lethal waiting in the accomplishment of projects and let us activate the administration and governance.

  • 14 March 2015, 23:02

    Aoun: We want a president who would reconcile between all parties and we want to build well-equipped and well-trained armed forces, instead of settling for saluting the army's martyrs. We are all army in Arsal and across Lebanon and we are all resistance against Israel and the takfiris and terrorists.

  • 14 March 2015, 23:00

    Aoun: The fire is surrounding us but it won't reach us and if we want to dissociate Lebanon from its surroundings, we have missions to perform, such as the election of a strong president for a strong state and strong army, a president who would truly represent his popular base.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:59

    Aoun: During all stages, our concern was to preserve stability. Because we believe that dialogue is the gateway to salvation and that the country can only be built on partnership, we engaged in dialogue with Hariri, which led to the formation of the cabinet of national interest.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:59

    Aoun: Our political choices are aimed at preserving Lebanon and we succeeded in achieving this objective and Lebanon remained stable despite the contradictions that inflamed some throats but failed to inflame the situation on the ground.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:58

    Aoun: The government's decisions led to the May 7 clashes and a president was elected after the Doha conference, but this mistake will not be repeated and there won't be "another Doha."

  • 14 March 2015, 22:54

    Aoun: The MoU came a day after the "Ashrafieh invasion" and we published it for the public opinion and invited all parties to join it, but unfortunately it was rejected without any debate or reading. We were attacked over what we wanted to be a reconciliation.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:53

    Aoun: The Four-Party Alliance started to crumble and it turned out that they had major political differences. During that period, we started talks to reach agreements with al-Mustaqbal and Hizbullah and we managed to reach a memorandum of understanding with Hizbullah but not with al-Mustaqbal.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:51

    Aoun: We ran in the elections and the results disappointed their plans, so they tried obstruction through curtailing our size once again but this time in the government.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:51

    Aoun: We returned with the spirit of openness towards all Lebanese components and we thought that the March 14 anniversary was not limited to us anymore but rather became an occasion for rapprochement. But the surprise was that everything was being done to isolate us and besiege us and that a four-party coalition was formed. At that point, it became evident to us that there was a systematic campaign to eliminate us.

  • 14 March 2015, 22:50

    MP Michel Aoun at FPM's dinner commemorating the March 14, 1989 anniversary: Officials inside and outside Lebanon tried to delay my return to the country until after the parliamentary elections with the aim of eliminating me from the political life. But the return happened and led to the emotional meeting with you on May 7, 2005 at the Martyrs Square.

Comments 34
Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 15 March 2015, 00:01

الاتفاق مع حزب الله ما هو الا خدعة لان الحزب أساسا كان يتمنى اي غطاء مسيحي فوجدوا فيك غايتهمالمنشودة
مع الأسف الشديد ان ميشال عون الخامنئي هو مولود مسيحي بولاء إيراني وحقد للبنان.(لا أقول ولاء شيعي احتراما للكثير من الشيعة الشرفاء). هذا هو الواقع. المر
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Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 15 March 2015, 00:03

الاتفاق مع حزب الله ما هو الا خدعة لان الحزب أساسا كان يتمنى اي غطاء مسيحي فوجدوا فيك غايتهمالمنشودة
مع الأسف الشديد ان ميشال عون الخامنئي هو مولود مسيحي بولاء إيراني وحقد للبنان.(لا أقول ولاء شيعي احتراما للكثير من الشيعة الشرفاء). هذا هو الواقع. المر
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Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 00:45

non c'est de l'argent iranien. Il est leur agent au Liban

Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 01:15

tu fevrais voir les Iraniennes ici aux USA. Elles sint superbes. j'en connais qq unes

Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 01:17

pas de fric en Iran

Default-user-icon CFTC (Guest) 15 March 2015, 18:01

@coolmec

Crétin de 1er ordre (-:

Thumb Mystic 15 March 2015, 01:26

Great to see a real Christian speaks up, against the Zionist lovers from Achrafieh. God bless Gen. Aoun and the honest FPM.

Missing maroun 15 March 2015, 02:21

who do you think you are to make a judgement on who is and who isn't a real christian.just because he is a traitor and on your side ,doesn't make him a real christian.

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 15 March 2015, 12:01

lol, this is Mystic. He, moowaten and flamethrower (probably the same person) decide if you are a Christian.

Thumb Elemental 15 March 2015, 14:54

They use Christians way too much, they judge them and if they speak against them? We know what happens. Aoun and his family would be killed if he dare spoke against Iran and Assad, so he has no choice but to say these things.

Thumb Mystic 15 March 2015, 10:41

It is not going so well for you people lately.

Thumb Elemental 15 March 2015, 23:22

"You people" nice to see your prejudice come out like usual.

Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 01:43

Mystic
No one from M8 or M14 is honest. take my word for it

Missing imagine_1979 15 March 2015, 01:52

good to see u coolmec...

Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 01:57

same my friend

Missing coolmec 15 March 2015, 05:53

Hi Liberty
Ignore what this guy says you know he is delusional

Default-user-icon wilypagan (Guest) 15 March 2015, 06:23

I didn't know lunatic insane asylum escapees like Aoun were allowed to rule in Libyan.

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 March 2015, 07:20

lol funny how he can say that when his allies are the ones fighting in Syria? he has done another 180 deg turn all for the sake of saying hes president! of what the banana republic do people not realise that hes doomed to fail irrelevant of what he does? Absolute power corrupts absolutely and Clown is no different than others just a lot older.

Thumb nickjames 15 March 2015, 08:30

Did someone let him out of Deir el-Salib today?

Thumb Mystic 15 March 2015, 10:33

He is the best solution for Lebanon. This was a very good speech, he is already speaking as a President. The corrupted M14 was shocked by this, Gen. Aoun speaking up at their anniversary.

Thumb justin 15 March 2015, 13:17

glad to see you can count till ten

Missing imagine_1979 15 March 2015, 14:05

Do u really belive in what u wrote mystic?...
Really?....

Thumb whyaskwhy 15 March 2015, 14:40

Mystic if speeches is all it took for a person to be great and useful then all leaders in Lebanon would be presidential material. It takes a lot more than a few words from a discredit person with an awful track record to make people stop pay attention and actual want him to represent us all. To gain the respect of all Lebanese he has to action his words which sadly has never been able to do. Otherwise allow us to call him for what he is and nothing more.

Missing Je_suis@libonase 15 March 2015, 14:46

I think if he is the only one prepared to take on the job we should give him a chance because any person who takes on the presidency will find it hard to really make a difference in the current enviroment

Missing Je_suis@libonase 15 March 2015, 14:49

By the way i am not a Aoun fan but he seems to be the keenest candidate lets see

Thumb Elemental 15 March 2015, 14:49

I see the Iranian propagandists were busy little children this morning. Was a bit of truth too much for you?

Thumb cash.puppet 15 March 2015, 16:10

Let the M14 stooges put their money where their mouth is and accept a direct vote. Enough nonsense.

Thumb eagledawn 15 March 2015, 17:45

have you noticed how on every article related to aoun flamethrower and his aliases vote en mass and delete people's comments.

Thumb cash.puppet 15 March 2015, 19:08

be my guest anonyidiot. who do you think would win that race? Some m14 paid shiite stooge? dont make me laugh

Thumb cash.puppet 15 March 2015, 19:09

eagledawn that's brilliant! Considering i got 3 downvotes immediately after I wrote my post. Yea, makes perfect sense. Then again, not much makes sense to schizos like yourself.

Thumb half.disclosure 15 March 2015, 19:21

don't be upset @full.disclosure!
here is one down vote from me too:)

Thumb beiruti 15 March 2015, 20:37

This is the delusional man. He learned a new word, "dissociate" which is the state of being separate from reality. Sort of like Aoun is to the world. He says that unless the Lebanese chose, others will chose for them. Very good Aoun! But then he and his party boycott Parliament making choice impossible, and opening the door to "others choosing for us".
He says he is for dialogue. Again very good, Aoun. But he does not mean "dialogue" in the usual sence of the word of a give and take discussion. No, for Aoun, dialogue means "diatribe", where he repeats again and again that there can be no other President but Aoun, and when you disagree, then the dialogue ends. This is not dialogue. It is "I am right and you are wrong, so why should I concede any of the purity of my righteousness for the impurity of your error?"

Thumb beiruti 15 March 2015, 20:39

It is the mindset of an ideologue, and a blockheaded one at that. He is this way with now power at all. Image the grief to which he can bring the country if some power were added to that blockheaded ideology if this senile old man.

Missing Ghazanfar 15 March 2015, 22:36

How lost is this person?! Does he really believe that if he becomes president and implements all the lofty BS he's promising Hezbollah will accept even a minimal disassociation from anything the Iranians order them to do. Hell he had ten ministers and could not even get Hezbollah to return the post of General Security chief to the Christians, something he was screaming about for the previous six years. Besides did a weak army and president prompt Hezbollah to go fight in Bosnia?