Saniora Contacts Shiite Officials, Urges Halt to Hizbullah Fighting in Syria through All Means

Head of the Mustaqbal bloc MP Fouad Saniora contacted on Thursday a number of Shiite religious and political figures as part of efforts to put an end to Hizbullah's “dangerous” fighting in Syria.

He stressed the need to end the party's involvement “through all possible means.”

“The fighting violates the constitution, laws, Baabda Declaration, the policy of disassociation, and international resolutions,” he noted in a statement issued by his press office.

His contacts included Speaker Nabih Berri, former Speaker Hussein al-Husseini, Vice President of the Higher Islamic Shiite Council Sheikh Abdul Amir Qabalan, former Ministers Mohammed Abdul Hamid Baydoun and Ibrahim Shamseddine, and clerics Sayyed Ali Fadlallah, Sayyed Ali al-Amin, Sayyed Mohammed Hassan al-Amin, and Sayyed Hani Fahs.

Saniora highlighted to them the dangers of Hizbullah's involvement in the Syrian crisis, saying that it will drag Lebanon towards the unrest.

“Hizbullah's actions may drag Lebanon and the Lebanese people towards a confrontation with a large segment of the Syrian people, who oppose the Syrian regime,” he explained.

“Hizbullah's actions are leading to the deaths of Lebanese youths and Syrian citizens. They are causing human suffering and inexplicable destruction” that may steer Lebanon to a confrontation that it has no power in resisting, continued the former premier.

Instead of protecting Lebanon against the repercussions of the crisis in the neighboring country, some Lebanese and throwing themselves in the conflict, he added.

He urged the need for cooperation between all Lebanese factions in order to end Hizbullah's involvement, demanding that practical measures be taken to that end.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Thursday that over a hundred Hizbullah members were killed over nearly an eight-month period since they began fighting alongside the Syrian regime.

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