Head of Syrian National Council: Syrian Regime to Commit More Assassinations in Lebanonإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The head of the Syrian National Council Abdel Basset Sayda accused the Syrian regime of being behind the assassination of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper Monday.
He warned: “The Syrian regime will commit more assassinations in Lebanon in order to create unrest in the country and cover up its crimes in Syria.”
“Hasan's assassination will give the Lebanese and Syrian revolts a new push aimed at toppling the dictator and build two states produced from the will of their respective people,” he told the daily.
He deemed the assassination as a “purely political one”, linking it to the August arrest of former Minister Michel Samaha on charges of forming a criminal gang aimed at carrying out attacks in Lebanon at Syria's behest.
Hasan played a major role in uncovering the plot.
“Hasan did not hide his support for the Syrian regime and he is therefore a martyr of the revolt in both countries,” noted Sayda, who also revealed that he had met with Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel without offering further details.
“Hasan's murder will enforce the solidarity between the Lebanese and Syrian people,” he declared.
On reports that former Premier Saad Hariri had appointed MP Oqab Saqr to coordinate contacts between the Syrian revolution and opposition, Sayda said: “Coordination between us and all the March 14 forces still stands.”
“It is based on respecting the interests of both countries,” he added.
“Hariri is the son of a major martyr who loved Lebanon and Syria and sought their interests,” said the head of the Syrian National Council of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri who was killed in a massive car bomb in Beirut in 2005, which the March 14 camp blamed on Syria.
“He was the true resister against Israel … contrary to what the forces that claim defiance against Israel allege, starting with the Syrian regime and the resistance in Lebanon,” Sayda said.
Addressing Hizbullah, he warned: “The end of the oppressors is near and cannot be escaped.”
“The party must realize that the Syrian regime will hold negotiations at its expense and it should therefore launch national dialogue with all members of the Lebanese community,” he declared.
“Hizbullah has turned into a Lebanese party with a Lebanese agenda into one that has regional interests,” he stressed.
To the Lebanese people, he said: “We share a joint fate.”
“You have suffered from the oppression of the Syrian regime and you have been its victim,” he continued.
“The Syrian people are today suffering from the same oppression. Syria and Lebanon will not witness stability until the regime is overthrown,” he added.
Hasan and his companion were killed in a car bomb in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district on Friday.
The opposition in Lebanon accused the Syrian regime of being behind the crime, calling on the government to resign.