BEIRUT: The Future bloc condemned Tuesday Hezbollah’s tight security measures in parts of the country and the party’s recent detention of Saudi diplomats, saying their actions damage ties between Lebanon and Arab states.
“The Future bloc condemns and deplores the attacks carried out by Hezbollah’s militia members against citizens under the pretext of security and against diplomats particularly in the incident with Saudi and Kuwaiti diplomatic vehicles,” MP Mohammad Hajjar said, reading the bloc’s statement after its weekly meeting.
Hezbollah recently increased security around party-controlled neighborhoods, setting up checkpoints and searching vehicles in Beirut's southern suburbs following bombings that targeted pro- Hezbollah areas.
“ Hezbollah with such action, along with its increasingly dangerous involvement in the fighting in Syria alongside the Syrian regime against its people, and its contribution to exposing Lebanon and its security to all kinds of danger, continues to drag Lebanon and its citizens to battles and problems with most sisterly Arab states,” the bloc statement said.
It also accused Hezbollah of controlling public institutions and the state’s security decisions.
“Continuing like this can contribute to destroying the country, its institutions and the already paralyzed economy due to disruptions in the executive authority, the decline in state prestige and the dominance of illegal arms,” the bloc said.
The Future MPs urged the Lebanese to remain committed to the policy of disassociation in terms of events in Syria.
"The bloc, which supports the demands of the Syrian people for political change, draws the attention of the Lebanese people and political parties to the fact that extending the Syrian fire to Lebanon would contribute to the weakening of the state and its sovereignty and threatens coexistence,” it said.
“Therefore, [we] must commit verbally and in action to the policy of disassociation and implementing the Baabda Declaration by keeping away from the battles that could topple Lebanon and make way for evil,” the bloc added.
The Future bloc also touched on the results of the investigation into last month’s twin car bombings in the northern city of Tripoli. A military investigative judge issued arrest warrants for suspects in the case including a senior Syrian intelligence officer.
"[Investigation into Tripoli bombings] forced the collapse of the fabricated theory that Lebanon is under the Takfiri threat. It proves that the primary Takfiri and terrorist targeting Lebanon and Syria is the Syrian regime headed by Bashar Assad,” the statement said, referring to Hezbollah’s argument that Lebanon faces an Islamist threat.
The bloc headed by MP Fouad Siniora also called on President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to act within their prerogative and speed up the process of forming a new government.