BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman condemned Thursday the use of chemical weapons in Syria and urged the U.N. Security Council to take “appropriate measures” in this regard.
Speaking at the opening of the Old Souk in the city of Jbeil, Sleiman said that unnamed parties were “trying to move the repercussions of strife that is striking the region to Lebanon. But the response will be to forge ahead with development, the formation of an all-embracing government, commitment to the Baabda Declaration and sitting at the Dialogue table.”
He was apparently referring to the deadly car bombings earlier this month that targeted Beirut’s southern suburbs and two mosques in the northern city of Tripoli, killing more than 70 people and wounding hundreds.
Sleiman criticized rival political factions for stalling the formation of a new Cabinet with their conflicting conditions. “The obstruction of the [Cabinet] formation is not a democratic act,” he said.