Bassil: Brussels Meeting Wants Refugees to Stay, Sectarianism Won't Save Corrupts
Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Thursday charged that the Brussels international conference was held to fund the naturalization of Syrian refugees in the countries they had fled to, as he stressed that “sectarianism will not save anyone” in the anti-corruption battle.
“The state and its reform are more important than any settlement, understanding or alliance, and even more important than the presidential tenure and the presidency, seeing as the state is more important than its president and he is in its service and not vice versa,” Bassil said at an FPM ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Liberation War.
“In the name of the settlement we will not remain silent over anyone, and in the name of the understanding and alliance will not be lenient with anyone, because we want the presidential tenure and the state to succeed,” Bassil added.
“We have been acting as an anti-corruption cell for a while now and you have heard of prosecutions and trials and you will hear more. Screaming is of no use, rumors will not conceal the truth and sectarianism will not save anyone,” the FPM chief went on to say.
Stressing that the FPM will never be part of an authority that aggrieves people, Bassil vowed that his movement “will struggle to recover our state, which is robbed by corruption.”
“The FPM is the authority of people and the authority of the state against corruption,” he emphasized.
He added: “Our battle today is more difficult, seeing as we are eradicating the cancer that has spread in the entire body, and the same as we won the liberation battle, we will win this battle.”
Bassil also said that “there is no government” without “repatriating the Syrian refugees, eradicating corruption and ending the electricity deficit.”
Turning to the issue of refugees, the FPM chief said: “Those who want the refugees to return must stop the lie of normalization with Syria, because our relation is ongoing and not severed with Syria and it does not need normalization.”
As for the Brussels conference that was held earlier in the day and boycotted by him, Bassil said: “World powers are pressing to prevent the refugee return.”
“It is not a coincidence that today I am with you and not at the conference on refugees in Brussels, because such conferences fund the stay of the refugees where they are and we want them to fund their repatriation,” Bassil added.