Hariri Backs Suleiman Statement on Baabda Declaration, Says Agreement a 'Serious Roadmap for Pacification'

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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday endorsed a recent statement issued by President Michel Suleiman to clarify the Baabda Declaration, describing the agreement as a “serious roadmap” for dialogue and pacification.

“During these difficult days that we are all going through, it is not appropriate to engage in a contentious debate, such as the debate they have started over the Baabda Declaration,” Hariri said in a press release.

“But the statement issued by the presidency in this regard must be endorsed in its entirety, not to glorify the presidency and its clarifications or drag it into the current political polarization in the country … but rather to acknowledge a historical fact that dates back to one year ago,” he added.

The former premier said “unfortunately, the 'forces of confrontation and defiance' want to remove it from the memory and from the official records.”

“The Baabda Declaration is the serious and responsible roadmap for dialogue, stability and the pacification of situations,” Hariri added, calling on the rival March 8 camp to acknowledge this view.

On Thursday, the presdiency said in a statement that the 2012 Baabda Declaration -- an agreement reached among the country's leaders to steer Lebanon clear of the region's crises -- did not tackle the weapons arsenal of the resistance, or Hizbullah.

The rival leaders from the March 8 and March 14 alliances affirmed on June 11, 2012 commitment to the Taef Accord and agreed to keep Lebanon away from the policy of regional and international conflicts to spare it the negative repercussions of the regional crises.

Their agreement became known as the Baabda Declaration, which Thursday's presidential statement said was affirmed by three consecutive sessions.

“The Baabda Declaration did not include any text on the resistance and its arms and did not suggest ways to benefit from the resistance's capabilities,” said the statement read by Retired Brig. Gen. Bassam Yehia, the coordinator of the national dialogue committee.

“Such concepts came as part of the president's proposal of his vision on the defense strategy during a national dialogue session on Sept. 20, 2012,” he said.

The explanatory statement came after both the March 8 and 14 alliances made different interpretations of the document.

Comments 28
Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 13 September 2013, 16:59

LOL @ Sa3do Harriri:))) The Baabda declaration was born dead the minute it was inked. Your alliance with the Gaegaeee takfiris made what was the hope of Lebanon a misery. Your direct involvement in Syria by sending multiple rocket launchers disguised as milk bottles and blankets set the stage for the declaration's demise. The Islamic Iranian Resistance aka HA (Hussain Army) had no choice but to intervene in Syria in order to implement the dissociation policy by creating a balancing act of terror. This very act which deterred the USA from attacking Syria and made O'mama think twice before he pulled the trigger. Sorry Sa3do, Next!

Thumb Roaring-FlameThrower 13 September 2013, 17:03

...and before any of you "schadenfrueders" jump to preconceived and premeditated conclusions about what happened in Dahiyeh today, and start saying, but Raed only yesterday denied "autonomous" security by the resistance, Let me fill you in on the scoop based on bird's eye witness accounts: Shammas was going to Dahiyeh in his capacity as a Mustaqbal takfiri journalist who brainwashed him into thinking there were checkpoints for HA. When to his surprise he found none, he fainted. As Raed mentioned yesterday, HA warriors rushed to the scene and administered first aid, mouth-to-mouth, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The Warriors later took him to their offices as a matter of procedure to unwind following post-operative surgery recuperation…

Missing lebanese_uae 14 September 2013, 15:08

hahaha... you are really funny !!! thanks for making laugh after being upset reading the new !

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Thumb benzona 13 September 2013, 19:23

May God bless our Sheikh Saad and M14 allies. The only democratic movement in the Arab middle East.

Thumb benzona 13 September 2013, 19:51

Thanks for the Trojan horse in your link FT. My antivirus enjoyed it!

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 13 September 2013, 20:03

yes.. and the poor syrian troops torture those heartless rebels with showers of flower petals and visits to five star resorts and spas...
here is the man and govt. Hasoon wants to keep in power:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACLOeeZr0-Q (this guy is a beast for spitting on Assad during his torture)

needless to say, I am sure those guys are no longer around..

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 14 September 2013, 11:13

and i forgot to mention Aoun as well...

Thumb LEBhasNOhope 13 September 2013, 22:09

Aoun is far too much of a coward to ever fight the Syrian regime if they enter Lebanon again. Who are you kidding? He ran away the first time and left his soldiers for dead. Then a few years ago to try and clean up that image he goes on a pilgrimage to Syria and claims the prisons are free of any Lebanese soldiers. Once again betraying hose true heroes that gave their life for our beloved Lebanon. So tell mr. FT, based on what history of heroism are basing your incredebily brave assumption that coward will fight the Syrian regime again if they occupied us once more? Rou7 l3ab Edem beitak ya walad!

Missing peace 13 September 2013, 22:22

"oh and if you had more than room temperature IQ, you'd hate hariri as well, for what he's done to beirut, to our economy, to lebanese people and youths."

LOL! funny thing is that FT believes what he writes! all because of one man.... waw!
disregarding all his allies and the catastrophic things they did to lebanon! LOL

Thumb just-me 13 September 2013, 23:10

I want to tell you a story but i was hesitating... I come from a christian family. My father passed away when me and my oldest sister were very young. We were brought up by my mother who worked as a nurse. Life was not easy for us at all..... When my oldest sister wanted to go to university and realize her dream of becoming a doctor, we did not have the finances. We tried to get her a scholarship. My mother knocked at many politicians doors, waited for hours but never got face-to-face meeting with any of them. Out of desparation, she drove one day to Harriri's home in Beirut in the summer of 2003. At the gate, she was asked if they could help her. She told them she wanted to meet Mr. Harriri personally and that she had no prior appointment.

Thumb just-me 13 September 2013, 23:11

The guards made phone calls and within 15 minutes my mother was inside Harriri's home.A young woman greeted her and inquired of her as to why she wanted to meet Mr. Harriri. My mother explained our life story and the reason of her wanting to meet Mr. Harriri. To make a long painful story short, the young woman left and then came back and told my mother that Mr. Harriri would see her in a few minutes. Mr. Harrir came out of his main office and welcomed my mother in. My mother started to cry and wanted to repeat our life story once again. He calmed her down, held her hand, and told her " Madame, dinyeh lissa be alef kheir". My sister now is a practicing doctor in Arizona and I finished my University last year. Every Christmas and every Eid we lay a flower at his grave, and say thank you.

Thumb benzona 13 September 2013, 23:23

What a remarkable ending. Rafic (RIP) was not sectarian, a true patriot who helped rebuild his country. God will punish Bachar and Nasrallah for what they did, it's only a matter of time.

Thank-you for sharing your experience. It's kind and generous of you to do so. I do hope, that your sister pays lebanon a visit evey now and then so her knowledge and experience can benefit from her education. That's how the country will improve. Lebanon is NOTHING without its educated expats.

Thumb primesuspect 14 September 2013, 00:28

U have my respect 4 sharing ur personal experience and opening up 2 us.

Missing hb9z 15 September 2013, 00:49

this is one of many stories of people who were helped by hariri foundation, my brother in law studied medicine in lebanon on a hariri grant....and he is a christian with no ties to saudi or islam.....

Missing peace 14 September 2013, 00:03

tell us who did better for lebanon in the last few decades?

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 14 September 2013, 00:17

Rafic Harriri put Lebanon in a huge debt during his PM during '92-'98 , from 2 billion to an astronomical 40 billion US dollars !
His net worth before becoming PM of Lebanon was 1 billion , when he died , his total net worth was estimated around 16billion US dollars .
Now who has to foot the 50 billion dollar national debt that Harriri left behind ?
With the money he had " accumulated " during his PM , wouldn't that have paid for every Lebanese child's education ?
So please "JUST-ME " even if your story checks out right , Harriri did not pay for you & your sister's education , I'm happy for you both , but that still leaves a question , why did your mother had to beg for it ?
The answer is simple , the very money that he gave your mother for your education was not his , it was yours & ours , it was for all Lebanese that are now paying off this huge debt that he left behind !
And now the corrupt money has been squandered by his son Saad ...what a shame !
Signed Wolf .

Thumb primesuspect 14 September 2013, 00:27

Fine, Let's say wat u r sayin is right. U killed him and killed his partners, allies, and friends. now that the M8 gov is stealing billions, can we kill all of u? so we get even.

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 14 September 2013, 11:09

of course the numerous wars by HA and Israel had NOTHING to do with the public debt rising.
And while i am not saying Rafic (RIP) did not skim a little off the top, he was an amateur compared to Berri, and Bassil now who owns 75% of Batroon.. when a few years ago had NOTHING.

Missing hb9z 15 September 2013, 00:55

yeah, lets talk about it.....We let the palestians in, allow them to get guns, side up with them ( both sunni, chi'a and druze) start a war and an "arab" lebanese army, and call the arab league in....all that scenario was cooked by Mr hafez in the back.... and our neighbour and great benefactor who was supposed in 1976 help us end it and put things in order messed it up, allowed israel in in 1982, escaped like a chicken then ...and his son finally left overnight in 2005......lets talk about the real debt that the country took on after a 15 years of mess

Thumb primesuspect 14 September 2013, 00:30

last time I checked, there were no saudis in downtown but lebanese people working there or visiting despite ur hizballa terrorism in the region.

Thumb _-_wolf_-_ 14 September 2013, 00:40

Who said anything about killing who ?
First of get your facts right !
What we are talking about is why a Lebanese family should beg politicians for money to educate their children , when in fact it is THEIRS' ( the Lebanese ) not the politicians !
Signed Wolf .....

Thumb primesuspect 14 September 2013, 01:03

the facts are right amigo. Syria with the help of some M8 elements took down the pieces of M14.
Hariri's money were donated by KSA to Hariri (bank interests money which is 7araam) so he can fix lebanon. which he did.

u shouldn't envy people like that. it's bad 4 u!!!!!

and who said he had 16 billion? did u get a peek at his bank accounts? I doubt it. u read Forbes. his son hariri is almost 'broke', if he inherited a chunk of the 16 u mention, he wouldn't be.

wat u say is propaganda,,,,,,,,,, nothing else!!!!!!

Missing peace 14 September 2013, 01:05

go play with kids your age.... :)

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 14 September 2013, 11:12

if anything Rafic was changing the fact that families had to beg by improving the economy, creating jobs and making the average income of Lebanese rise...
The economy grew under Rafic in an astounding rate.. under m14 it averaged 8-9%... under m8 an astronomical 1-2%
who wants who to live in poverty and beg?

Missing peace 14 September 2013, 01:04

yes exactly as i thought you were... ignorant :) hariri did not only rebuild downtown if that is all you know about him...

but you failed to give one name of one politician that did better for lebanon...

Missing karim_m3- 14 September 2013, 03:43

In other news, Hariri says he will be returning to Lebanon "soon".


Thumb arzak-ya-libnan 14 September 2013, 11:07

he helped Sunnis, Shias and Christians.. so get your facts straight.