BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri sharply criticized Lebanese officials who support a U.S.-led military strike against Syria.
“[I am] surprised at the Lebanese voices calling for the military strike against Syria and urging officials in the White House to speed up,” Berri told An-Nahar daily in remarks published Saturday.
A number of Lebanese officials have said the international community isn’t doing enough in Syria, but most have stopped short of publically calling for strikes.
In an opinion piece published last week in Foreign Policy magazine, former Prime Minister Siniora said the U.S. “should do more” and change its course in Syria by supporting moderate forces.
The former PM came under fire by the some media outlets who accused him of encouraging U.S. President Barack Obama to strike Syria.
Berri said that a Russian-backed proposal on Syria should lead to an end of the crisis and not to the beginning of a new crisis.
Moscow and Damascus are negotiating with the international community to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, prompting the U.S. to reconsider its plan to launch a military strike on Syria in retaliation to an alleged use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime against civilians.
“The agreement over Syria should be the end and not the beginning. The agreement is not just Russian but also American as its main points were set during the G20 summit in Russia,” he said.
He also said that the agreement over Syria’s chemical weapons should be followed by a second peace conference over Syria in Geneva.
“If they do not replace the battles with dialogue, Israel will be the main beneficiary of the situation,” he said.