Aoun Urges 'Nations Backing Armed Groups' in Syria to Seek Bishops Release

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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Monday called on “the nations supporting the armed groups in Syria” to seek the “immediate release” of two Christian bishops kidnapped near Aleppo on April 22.

In an open letter he addressed out of his “belief in the need to break the silence in the case of the two kidnapped bishops of Aleppo,” Aoun said “the situation in Syria has reached the most horrible level.”

“The ugly crimes that are being committed by gunmen claiming to be fighting in the name of freedom have this time targeted two peaceful Christian clergymen,” Aoun noted.

Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji and Syriac Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men near the city of Aleppo while en route from the Turkish border.

Aoun pointed out that “this is not the first attack targeting Christian spiritual leaders, as gunmen had killed two Greek Orthodox priests in the past – Father Fadi Haddad on Oct. 25, 2012 and Father Bassilios Nassar on Dec. 26, 2012.”

“These acts do not represent in any way a struggle for freedom, but rather terrorist acts committed by hate-filled, malicious terrorists who feed on the blood of innocents and the lives of civilians … while attempts to justify this terrorism under the pretext of seeking to oust the regime have become ridiculous and pathetic,” Aoun added.

Addressing nations supporting the Syrian armed opposition, Aoun said: “You have been offering political and media support for the Syrian uprising and the gunmen who are fighting the regime.”

He added: “I'm confident that you are condemning the terrorist crimes that are taking place … but the ethical duty requires you to do everything in your capacity to ensure the safety of bishops Yaziji and Ibrahim and exert all efforts possible to secure their release as soon as possible.”

“I'm confident that you will heed this call, as your peoples are suffering from terrorism, which is the most dangerous enemy that is threatening stability in the world,” Aoun, the head of the biggest Christian parliamentary bloc in Lebanon, added.

Comments 6
Thumb lebnanfirst 06 May 2013, 21:32

What is to understand that he got his block courtesy of HA? All indications is that Aoun's politics is loosing him support and will continue to loose him support going further.

Shame on those who are blindly anti-Sunni for not recognizing that in Syria the Sunnis will eventually win no matter how long it takes. Also, shame on Aoun for buying the Syrian regime's line hook, line and sinker. When the Syrian Sunnis finally come out on top what do you foresee Aoun and his followers' future to be. Exactly in the dustbin of history.

Thumb primesuspect 06 May 2013, 23:23

The pro farsi should seek to free the fake pilgrims himself. why rely on other to do your dirty bidding?

Missing ghzayel 07 May 2013, 01:09

1- aoun is the head of the biggest christian parliamentary bloc in lebanon but unfortunately he discarded a lot of his previous principles he used to get elected and thus betrayed the very essence of the mandate christian people trusted him with and from now on i see nothing but downfall for him and his bloc.

2- since no one knows till now who the kidnappers are and instead of aoun addressing himself to the nations that are supporting the syrian revolution thus accusing them indirectly of planning the kidnapping and antagonizing them he should instead ask all parties to do whatever they can within their powers to release the 2 clergymen.

Missing ghzayel 07 May 2013, 01:09

3- as usual aoun the master of controversy and dirty politics is asking the nations supporting the syrian revolution to secure the release of the 2 clergymen reminding them they are suffering from terrorism and seems to forget he was bashing these same countries all along accusing them of being salafist islamists fundamentalists and al kaeda supporters???

Missing maroun 07 May 2013, 04:48

the1phoenix..shouldn't the demented general also ask about his missing officers that he left behind to defend the palace when he deserted them to take refuge in the french embassy.

Thumb whyaskwhy 07 May 2013, 07:37

What a hypocrite, a few months ago Clown was calling these nations all sorts of names now he wants their help to release the bishops...bless him as if he suddenly found Jesus and cares.