Maronite bishops attend the monthly meeting in Bkirki, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Elie Mansour)
BEIRUT: Maronite bishops called Wednesday for the formation of a Lebanese government that is capable of facing any challenge.
The bishops also urged the rival Lebanese sides to protect citizens amid the increasing car bomb attacks linked to the crisis in next-door Syria.
A statement at the end of their monthly meeting said the bishops “called on political leaders and all deputies to carry out their responsibilities and speed up the formation of a government that is capable of facing the current challenges and to seriously prepare for the election of a new president in a timely and constitutional manner.”
"The spread of terror by means of car bombs and lawlessness lays responsibility on everyone to maintain the Lebanese fabric and the security of the country,” added the statement.
Lebanese officials, the bishops said, also have a responsibility to “to avoid turning Lebanon into a battlefield.”
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