BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad Wednesday described the Baabda Declaration as stillborn, referring to a pact between Lebanon’s political rivals to keep the country out of regional crises, namely the war raging in neighboring Syria.
“The Baabda Declaration was stillborn and nothing is left of it but ink on paper,” said Raad, who heads the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc.
“We might talk about declarations and National Dialogue but we can see that the involved forces have lost credibility and are not committed to any of these slogans or agreements,” he added, speaking at a ceremony in honor of financiers of Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television and Al-Nour radio media outlets.
The Baabda Declaration, endorsed in June 2012 by Lebanon’s leading rivals, stipulates that Lebanon commit to the policy of disassociation from regional developments, mainly the crisis in Syria.
Raad, whose party is fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Assad in Syria, said that the accord was stillborn “because the other side has used all its arms and gunmen ... to interfere in the neighboring country.”
Hezbollah says its intervention in Syria is necessary in order to protect Lebanon from the threat of Salafist fighters and blames its opponents in Lebanon, namely the opposition Future Movement, of having first intervened in the neighboring country.
The Future Movement, which backs the uprising in Syrian, denies any military involvement in Lebanon’s neighbor, stating that its support is moral and humanitarian based.