Gemayel Rejects Dialogue 'Divorce'

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Phalange party leader Amin Gemayel said Monday that he supports dialogue with his foes in the March 8 coalition majority and rejects divorce.”

In an interview with the Kuwaiti AnNahar newspaper, Gemayel said: “We are with dialogue and against divorce.”

“Any politician in Lebanon or anyone else would make the biggest mistake if he adopts a path that goes contrary to dialogue,” he said when asked about the March 14 opposition’s announcement that it would boycott the national dialogue if the government doesn't resign.

“But the type of dialogue and its timing is something else,” the Phalange leader told his interviewer, denying an official March 14 statement about the boycott of the all-party talks.

“We hold onto the last statement (issued by opposition leaders) which we shared in drafting,” he stressed.

A political crisis erupted in the country after the March 14 alliance called for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Miqati's government in the aftermath of Internal Security Forces Intelligence Bureau chief Wissam al-Hasan's assassination in car bomb blast on Oct. 19.

Several opposition leaders have also announced that they would not sit at the dialogue table with Hizbullah and before the resignation of the cabinet.

Al-Hasan's killing proved that “there is neither a satisfactory government nor (security) agencies that provide protection,” Gemayel said.

“It is difficult to think about alternatives before the resignation of the cabinet,” he said. Yet he expressed belief that the best solution would be a salvation government.

A national unity or technocrat cabinet would be a bad choice, he added.

Comments 9
Missing mmckinl 12 November 2012, 09:38

A good start but blaming an unsatisfactory security situation for the assassination of Hassan when he was in charge of the security agency is not the current governments fault ...

If March 14 was smart they would defer to the elections in 2013. It has already been announced that the economic situation is dire while public workers want more.

Continued obstruction of the current government leaves March 14 open to the charge that they are partly responsible for the negative turn of events ...

The elections offer the opportunity for March 14 to claim a complete mandate from the people to make the changes they see necessary going forward and defer accusations of non-legitimacy.

Thumb lebnanfirst 12 November 2012, 14:36

You either are not living in Lebanon or are divorced from Lebanon's reality. M14 won the 2009 election only to have HA hijack the country anyways. In normal democratic situations, what you say is true but the situation in Lebanon is neither normal nor democratic.

Until and unless the arms outside the control of the state are dealt with, a normal situation in Lenanon is not sustainable.

Thumb lebnanfirst 13 November 2012, 00:05

Your arrogance is only outdone by your ignorance of facts in a democracy. If fielding black shirts to scare the Druze is your definition of completely constitutional, nice talking to you idiot.

Thumb benzona 12 November 2012, 10:38

well said Mr ex President. We're with you.

Thumb Captain 12 November 2012, 12:34

A small step to move forward. Keep going.

Thumb tfeh 12 November 2012, 13:02

Mr sechoir! mich mechen chi, mich mechen chou!

Default-user-icon Hamam (Guest) 12 November 2012, 13:16

Someone from M14 with a quarter of a brain at last...

Default-user-icon Toufic (Guest) 12 November 2012, 15:10

I see a centrist coalition in the making between Suleiman, Gemayel, Mikati, Safadi, Berri and Jumblat for the next election 2013. I do not see it as bad new.

Thumb lebanon_first 12 November 2012, 16:19

Reasonable individual