BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri warned Wednesday against violence in Lebanon and said the country cannot turn into another Iraq, in reference to the civil strife and bombings that have rocked that country for years.
“The Iraqization of Lebanon could be very dangerous, Lebanon is not Iraq and the scheme will not pass,” Berri said during his weekly meeting with lawmakers.
Berri’s remarks come after a deadly car blast in Beirut's southern suburbs neighborhood of Ruwaiss killed 30 people last week and wounded hundreds.
The attack was the second bombing targeting pro-Hezbollah neighborhoods south of the capital, after a similar attack last month wounded over 50 people.
Speaking from his Ain al-Tineh residence, the speaker called for confronting attempts to provoke tension in the country.
“The dangerous security situation we are witnessing requires us to be more alert and requires ending the obstruction of the state institutions,” Berri said.
Violence from the Syrian conflict has spilled over into Lebanon, claiming many lives and making the country increasingly unstable.
Berri also slammed lawmakers for maintaining their boycott to Parliament.
“The current situation in light of having a caretaker Cabinet requires boosting the activity of Parliament and not disrupting it,” Berri said.
Parliament failed to convene Tuesday for a fourth time in just over a month due to lack of quorum, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to postpone the legislative session yet again.