BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition Wednesday accused Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement of pushing Lebanon toward civil war, after a recent alleged call for Christians to take up arms.
“March 14 General Secretariat condemns the FPM call on Christians to take up arms in partnership with Hezbollah,” the coalition said in a statement at the end of its weekly meeting.
The alleged FPM call, which came after a proposal by Aoun’s parliamentary bloc for a direct popular vote, “torpedoes the Constitution,” according to the statement.
“The FPM is accused of clearly pushing Lebanon toward a civil war, because torpedoing the Constitution and inciting people to [take up arms] for personal security constitute a substantive approach toward violence and the unknown,” March 14 said.
The statement stressed that safeguarding Lebanon’s Christians and Muslims could only be achieved through the legitimate security forces.
“Consequently, March 14 calls the Lebanese, Christians in particular, to recruit in the legitimate security and military forces to contribute to the defense of Lebanon in the face of all internal and external dangers."
March 14 reiterated the need to elect a new president in line with the Constitution, “which is a national responsibility that falls on the representatives of the Lebanese people as a whole.”