Berri Threatens to Suspend Naqoura Tripartite Meetings if Israeli Violations Continue

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Speaker Nabih Berri threatened on Monday to suspend the tripartite meetings held at al-Naqoura crossing between the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon and senior Lebanese and Israeli officials if the Jewish state continues violating the country's sovereignty.

“Those who are keen to safeguard Lebanon's sovereignty and independence and those who are in a hurry to get rid of the resistance should take into consideration first the Israeli violations,” Berri said in remarks published in As Safir newspaper.

He described the tripartite meetings as “useless,” as long as the Israeli violations continue.

He pointed out that the “problem is in the Jewish state's aggression and not the resistance.”

Berri, who revealed a new Israeli violation on Sunday, told the newspaper that “the Israeli army blatantly crossed the border with Lebanon and tampered with the area while the international forces stood by.”

An Israeli army infantry force crossed on Sunday the Blue Line in the al-Labbouneh border area and uprooted trees thus exposing a Lebanese army checkpoint.

The unit also lifted a cement block that belongs to the Lebanese army.

The Speaker considered that the ongoing violations require a swift action by the government, in particular, the foreign ministry, calling for filing a complaint against Israel to the U.N. Security Council.

For his part, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil told As Safir daily that all Israeli violations are condemned, noting that “filing a complaint against Israel is a self-evident.”

However, he said that the ministry needs the army to provide it with all the developments and the details concerning the violation in order to document it.

Bassil expressed regret over “the routine process in filing complaints against Israel,” noting that the government shouldn't “get used to this classical kind of reaction.”

“It's a shame that the Israeli violations are accumulating and we are not able to stop them.”

The minister told the newspaper that the defense strategy should highlight ways to confront the Israeli violations, adding that it will create a balance of power and impose calm, stability and peace at a later stage.

Lebanon's southern border has continuously witnessed violations carried out by Israel.

Israel routinely sends F-16 fighter planes over Lebanon, in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war. The Israeli planes have often broken the sound barrier over Beirut and other places as a show of strength, most recently after the drone incident.



Comments 9
Thumb Tony.Farris 12 May 2014, 08:43

Where's the resistance, so called hizbCocaine, ohhhh they're busy killing Syrians kids.

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 12:23

Who is Berri and what executive authority does he have to suspend these meeting. He controls a sectarian militia

Thumb geha 12 May 2014, 12:30

now berry is the Lebanese state?
who do they think they are? they think they own the country now?

Thumb general_puppet 12 May 2014, 09:22

Berri, cut your conquering... after all the Resistance is unstoppable & all conquering. Have them wipe out the Zionist menace once and for all, what are they waiting for? Just ask Mystic & company they will tell you that at any time Nasrallah can jump out of his bunker, declare war on the Israelis in the morning and by the afternoon Iran's Southern line will be in Jerusalem performing their Jihadist duty.

Missing phillipo 12 May 2014, 12:11

Excuse me for being an ignorant outsider, but since when does the Speaker of Parliament decide on international affairs of the country? I always thought that this was the duty of the Prime Minister, and if the report is true, then the Speaker should be severely condemned and maybe even dismissed from his office.

Thumb EagleDawn 12 May 2014, 12:36

no, your question is very legitimate. In a normal country your logic applies. But in Lebanon we have a group of internationally classified terrorists who run the country. So what applies in a civilized country does not apply here.

Thumb FlameCatcher 12 May 2014, 14:00

Question for Berri : What gives you the authority to approve or suspend any meeting regarding political matters ?

Your role is speaker of parliament. Stick to that. You have no authority at all regarding other matters !

And if you're keen on dealing with violations :

- Assad violates our sovereignty daily... deal with that !
- Iran just declared Lebanon its frontline with Israel ! Now this is a violation of epic proportions to which you are complicit ! Deal with that too !

Thumb -phoenix1 12 May 2014, 14:30

Be my guest Mr. Berri, please suspend the tripartite meetings. Now stop talking, just do it will you?

Thumb cedre 12 May 2014, 16:32

who ? him ?