BEIRUT: Authorities must put an end to all forms of kidnappings and chaos plaguing Lebanon, Maronite bishops said Wednesday.
The Council of Maronite Bishops “urges the government and security forces to take the necessary measures to stop the phenomenon of kidnapping and to prosecute kidnappers,” said a statement at the end of their monthly meeting.
Last week, Maronite Bishop Semaan Atallah escaped an attempted kidnapping in the eastern town of Zahle.
The Council also called for an “end to chaos" and the "safeguarding of the dignity of citizens.”
The bishops hailed a security plan to restore stability in the northern city of Tripoli and called for similar measures to be carried out elsewhere in Lebanon.
The bishops reiterated the need to respect constitutional deadlines and called on political forces to speed up presidential elections before President Michel Sleiman’s term expires May 25.