BEIRUT: The Future parliamentary bloc welcomed Tuesday the deployment of state forces in Hezbollah’s strongholds of Beirut, saying such a step proves that the resistance group’s own measures have failed.
The bloc also said that such a security plan should be applied to all other areas in the country to address growing security problems.
“The Future bloc welcomes the spread of government forces in Beirut's southern suburbs and as a result, the bloc sees that the step is a clear admission from Hezbollah that its self-security measures have failed,” MP Ammar Houri said, reading the bloc’s weekly statement.
It added that the security deployment which went into effect Monday also proves “the inevitability of returning to the state for security given that its forces have the exclusive right to bear arms and apply laws to preserve security and protect citizens.”
Hezbollah erected checkpoints at the entrance of Beirut’s southern suburbs and in some part of south Lebanon, inspecting vehicles and briefly questioning individuals which angered the party’s rivals.
The so-called “self-security” measures were put in place after two car bombs targeted Hezbollah’s strongholds in the Beirut suburbs that killed dozens.
The Future bloc, one of Hezbollah’s main critics, also said that previous experiences with “illegal security” measured have also proven to be ineffective and were rejected by many Lebanese.
The bloc’s statement also said that security forces should fully carry out its duty to impose order without bias, and arrest the individuals, primarily the four suspects, accused of involvement in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
The Special Tribunal for Lebanon accused four members of Hezbollah of the killing and has criticized Lebanese authorities for failing to apprehend the suspects.
“The Lebanese government is responsible for the success of this advanced step, by not being complacent and working seriously to preserve the prestige of the state and its dignity,” the bloc said.
“What is needed is to expand this step to other areas, particularly Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Tyre, Baalbek and other Lebanese cities. [The step] would resolve many security problems [in these areas] and send a clear, comforting message to citizens that the state and its institutions are concerned with their security and safety,” it added.
The Future bloc also spoke about Wednesday’s international conference to support Lebanon which will take place at the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting, asking the participating countries to adopt the Baabda Declaration and help the government cope with the Syrian refugee influx.
“The bloc stresses on the importance of countries to support Lebanon to help it withstand the storms that surround it as a result of the dangerous and deteriorating situation in Syria,” it said.
It also asked the meeting to call for the full implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 between Lebanon and Israel.
"[The meeting] should commit to the Baabda Declaration and provide it with international immunity that would help Lebanon...[We] hope that the international community will adopt it,” it added, expressing hope that countries will secure and increase assistance for refugees inside Lebanon and host communities.
The bloc also commented on Speaker Nabih Berri's repeated calls to convene Parliament, arguing that a functioning government was needed for the legislative branch to meet.
It also condemned recent attacks on churches, mosques and shopping centers in Pakistan, Iraq and Kenya.
"It is no longer acceptable to remain silent about these horrendous practices that should be prevented to safeguard religions, nations and humanity, for the sake of coexistence between Muslims and Christians,” the bloc said.