Audeh Marks Tueni's Assassination Anniversary with Calls for Unity

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Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Beirut Elias Audeh stressed on Friday the importance of unity and coexistence in Lebanon amid the ongoing developments.

“A new page has opened with a golden chance for us to fortify our unity, which safeguards our independence and sovereignty,” Audeh said during a mass at the St. Demettrius Church in Beirut's Ashrafiyeh district on the 9th anniversary of the assassination of MP Gebran Tueni.

“Participation in governing, based on democracy, means dialogue and accepting the other in an attempt to reach common grounds and principles,” Audeh added.

He noted that Tueni had the vision of a “free, independent and united country.”

Audeh said that Tueni's political affiliation didn't prevent him from helping others but the “hand of deceit” reached him.

Tueni, the former editor and publisher of An Nahar newspaper, was assassinated in a car bomb blast in Mkalles on Dec. 12, 2005.

He was among a series of anti-Syrian officials who were assassinated or escaped murder in the aftermath of the Feb. 2005 killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.



Comments 6
Thumb -phoenix1 12 December 2014, 15:07

May the soul of Gebran Tueni rest in perfect peace. The day he died was for me a very very dark day, his death signaled a bad omen for Lebanon, an omen called intolerance for the voices of unity, of peace, for the voices that wanted to elevate Lebanon into a real country, a country where all Lebanese will live side by side, in mutual peace, respect, trust and all living as equals under the same and one law, in a Lebanon of solid constitutional institutions. Assassinating such a good man as Tueni marked the beginning of a very difficult road for those heard his noble message. Rest in peace Gebran, you did NOT die in vain, fa nabqa.

Thumb -phoenix1 12 December 2014, 18:57

Thanks DF.

Missing karim- 12 December 2014, 17:22

نقسم بالله العظيم، مسلمين ومسيحيين، ان نبقى موحدين، الى ابد الابدين، دفاعاً عن لبنان العظيم، عشتم وعاش لبنان

Thumb Lebfrcan 12 December 2014, 18:23

RIP Gebran.
I hope we will have many more courageous journalists like you and may God protect them all...

Missing humble 12 December 2014, 19:42

A true patriot. May his soul rest in peace.

Missing people-power 12 December 2014, 20:14

The fan-boys of Assad and Hezbollah have no right to comment on this article, it's their patrons who killed Tueni and many others.