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THURSDAY, 17 APR 2014
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Kataeb, FM want to distance Lebanon from Syria crisis
From left, MPs Samer Saade, Elie Marouni, Fadi Habre, Nadim Gemayel and Sami Gemayel leave the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
From left, MPs Samer Saade, Elie Marouni, Fadi Habre, Nadim Gemayel and Sami Gemayel leave the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, May 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: The Future Movement and the Kataeb party discussed Tuesday a proposal by the Kataeb to include the neutralization policy in the Lebanese constitution as they stressed the need to distance Lebanon from the Syrian crisis.

Kataeb has recently prepared a draft law that calls for amending the preamble of the Lebanese Constitution to include a clause about keeping Lebanon neutral amid regional conflicts.

“The meeting was positive, we discussed our proposal with the Future bloc and agreed on the majority of its content,” Marouni told The Daily Star.

Marouni said that their proposal came after “experience proved that Lebanon is afflicted by its involvement in foreign conflicts.”

The lawmaker said the proposal was discussed with Speaker Nabih Berri’s Development and Liberation bloc, MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc as well as Hezbollah.

He said that lawmakers from Berri and Aoun’s blocs were somehow responsive to the proposal while Hezbollah totally disregarded it.

“It is obvious that Hezbollah is in a different mindset than ours,” said Marouni.

Hezbollah has been involved in fighting alongside President Bashar Asaad's regime troops against Syrian rebels in Syria despite a Lebanese agreement –the Baabda Declaration- that stipulates nuetralizing Lebanon from regional conflicts.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented, up until Dec. 1, 2013, the death of 232 members of Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters battling alongside the regime.

Future MP Samir al-Jisr said the meeting with Kataeb was "very useful and marked by frankness and deep discussions.”

 
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