Gemayel: Nasrallah's Calls for Protests Eliminates Accord Reached by Pope's Visitإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel questioned on Monday Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's call for protests against the anti-Islam film that sparked outrage in the Muslim world, noting that he made the announcement shortly after Pope Benedict XVI ended his trip to Lebanon.
He said during a press conference: “Nasrallah ended the accord, reached during the pontiff's visit, through this call for demonstrations.”
“The Lebanese scene cannot tolerate more rallies against the anti-Islam film, especially since there are no guarantees that can make sure that the situation at the demonstrations will not spiral out of control,” he remarked.
He noted that the last week's unrest in the northern city of Tripoli and the riot at Roumieh prison were aimed at thwarting the pope's visit.
Clashes broke out on Friday during a rally in Tripoli held in protest against the anti-Islam movie.
Gemayel questioned the timing of Nasrallah's speech, asking if he will achieve his desired goals.
“We have suffered greatly from abuse against the Cross and Christ because such practices have become common the West,” he continued.
“We understand the outrage against the movie, but is this the right way to defend the Koran?” he asked.
“The circumstances in Lebanon cannot support these rallies,” he added.
Nasrallah had called during his speech on Sunday for a series of rallies throughout Lebanon to protest the anti-Islam film.
“Can Nasrallah guarantee that situation will not spiral out of control? He had admitted in the past that Hizbullah had been infiltrated by foreign forces,” added Gemayel.
“Such actions will only increase the offense and not remove it,” he stated.
Commenting on Iranian Revolutionary Guard head Mohammed Ali Jaafari that Quds Force members were present in Lebanon, Gemayel praised President Michel Suleiman for summoning the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon to demand a clarification over such remarks.
“This is the first time that Iran has admitted to the presence of its forces in Lebanon and Syria,” said the Phalange Party leader.
“We want a clear response from Iranian authorities,” he stressed.
“The president has our support and we are fed up with forces using Lebanon for serving their interests,” he added.
"A number of Quds Force members are present in Lebanon and Syria... we provide (these countries) with counsel and advice, and transfer experience to them," Jaafari said during a press conference on Sunday.
He denied that the Iranian operatives were providing military assistance in Lebanon and Syria.
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Gemayel: We agreed during the Bkirki meetings on small electoral districts, but one team turned against it and proposed a law that does not offer fair representation.
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Gemayel: We believe that a small electoral district that do not include more than three candidates will grant the best representation.
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Gemayel: We want to achieve true democracy in Lebanon and reach an electoral law that grants each side the best representation.
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Gemayel: Nasrallah's statements, and those issued by others, are aimed at covering up other goals.
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Gemayel: We are being distracted by these practices and ignoring Israeli threats against Lebanon. Lebanon's interests must be above all else.
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Gemayel: We condemn the Syrian shelling of Arsal and al-Qaa. We call on the government to put an end to these practices.
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Gemayel: We want a clear response from the Iranian authorities.
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Gemayel: We praise the president for summoning the Iranian ambassador to question him over the Revolutionary Guard head's remarks on the Quds Force. This is the first time that Iran admitted to having a presence in Lebanon.
17 September 2012, 16:54
Gemayel: Nasrallah's speech triggered people's instincts and we do not know what his goals are.
17 September 2012, 16:53
Gemayel: Who guarantees that the situation will not spiral out of control? Can Sayyed Nasrallah ensure that the rally will remain peaceful? He himself admitted that a cell had infiltrated his party's ranks.
17 September 2012, 16:51
Gemayel: One person was killed in Tripoli in protests against the film. Has this helped resolve the situation? This is the worst way to express innocent feelings.
17 September 2012, 16:48
Gemayel: The situation in Lebanon cannot contain more rallies.
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Gemayel: We condemn insults against religious symbols. We have greatly suffered over abuse against the cross and Christ, but such matters have become common in the West.
17 September 2012, 16:46
Gemayel: Hizbullah chief Sayyed Nasrallah's speech was badly timed and I don't know if they will yield the results he is seeking.
17 September 2012, 16:42
Gemayel: Efforts should be exerted on the Lebanese and Arab fronts in order to assert Lebanon's leading role as a nation of freedom and culture.
17 September 2012, 16:41
Gemayel: The pope's visit bolstered our confidence in the initiatives that we launched on the internal and external fronts.
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Gemayel: We were in great need of the pope's visit and for him to give us hope of victory.
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Gemayel: The pope's visit was aimed at the people of Lebanon and the region.
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Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel during press conference: Kidnappings in Lebanon have become a common practice that do not serve anyone.