Suleiman Reiterates Calls on Lebanese to Abide by Dissociation Policy

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President Michel Suleiman called on the Lebanese on Saturday to abide by the Baabda declaration, expressing hope that the abducted men and the Syrian refugees would be able to return to their home soon.

“The Lebanese should abide by the Baabda declaration and refrain from sending arms and fighters to Syria to maintain civil peace and stability,” Suleiman said in his Orthodox Easter message.

The Baabda Declaration was unanimously adopted during a national dialogue session in June 2012. It calls for Lebanon to disassociate itself from regional crises, most notably the one in Syria.

He pointed out that “our nation shouldn't be sacrificed and it should be safeguarded from all the developments surrounding it,” the President said.

Suleiman reiterated calls for the International community to respect Lebanon's sovereignty and stability so that it remains a model for coexistence and democracy.

Lebanese parties are sharply divided over the crisis in Syria as the March 8 alliance continuously expresses its support to Syrian president Bashar Assad, while the March 14 camp voices its support for the popular revolt.

The international community and analysts have expressed fears that the conflict in Syria may spill over into the Lebanon.

On Saturday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said in its weekly report that nearly 453,000 Syrian refugees fled the crackdown in their country to Lebanon.

Comments 4
Thumb eagle_eye 04 May 2013, 16:39

Thank you for good leadership President Michel Suleiman. This maturity and poise contributes positively to calm the neighbouring battle and save everyone a headache.

Missing komodo 04 May 2013, 23:39

As far as trust is concerned, on a good day, a Persian will come and bite you on the derriere the following day. So we all know that Persians can be trusted. If you are a H.A. and/or support the decision of this party, you most likely disagree with me, but the honeymoon will soon be over, and you'll be yesterday's daily news. So I ponder, who our past/present leaders are in bed with that is so important where we as a society lose sight of trust with our fellow countrymen and develop such a profound disdain and hatred based on what should be petty and minor religious philosophy or cultural difference.

Missing komodo 04 May 2013, 23:40

In short, are we really proud of being Lebanese, Sunni, Shiite, etc.? Or may be we should come forward and admit to ourselves and to the world that we suck and deserve what has been dealt and handed down to us while Israel sits on the sidelines takes enjoys a long healthy breath.

Missing mohammad_ca 05 May 2013, 13:10

when did the future movement hold a funeral for one of its members being killed in Syria?