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Aoun says to help implement Bkirki charter

FPM leader Michel Aoun, left, shakes hands with Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)

BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement head MP Michel Aoun Sunday voiced support for the National Charter announced by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai earlier this week and said his party would work toward its implementation.

"We support the charter and want to assist in its implementation because it embodies the principles on which Lebanon was established,” Aoun told reporters in Bkirki after a meeting with Rai.

Aoun said he had discussed the National Charter with the Maronite patriarch and would address recent political developments during his weekly news conference on Tuesday.

Rai met with Aoun hours before the prelate headed a Mass to commemorate St. Maroun Day.

On Wednesday, Rai announced the National Charter, drafted by the Maronite Church, describing it as a roadmap for the critical stage that Lebanon and the region were passing through.

In the charter, Rai called on the Lebanese, particularly officials, to return to the National Pact which guaranteed equal rights and representation for both Muslims and Christians.

He also warned against foreign meddling and involving Lebanon in foreign war, saying the country should adopt a policy of neutrality and commit to the Baabda Declaration.

The Charter also spoke about the presidential election, urging officials to hold the polls on time and consider revising the Taef Accord to increase the prerogative of the head of state.

Rai also said the state’s security agencies needed to have the exclusive right to the use force.





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