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Taif is an umbrella of stability: Jumblatt

  • In this picture taken on May 28, 2014, Walid Jumblatt, the political leader of Lebanon's minority Druse sect, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt reiterated his commitment to the Taif Accord at an award ceremony where he was honored with the annual President Elias Hrawi award in Yazreh Friday.

"The era of President Elias Hrawi was the [era] of the Taif agreement and we have agreed to apply it despite its impurities," he said, adding that “it has formed a protective umbrella over the stability of security in spite of our criticisms," he said in reference to the 1989 agreement which ended the Lebanese Civil War.

Jumblatt said a new president should be elected and called on parties to reconsider the Baabda Declaration, which distances Lebanon from the Syria crisis, in order “to protect it from drowning.”

"It is unavoidable that those involved in Syria will withdraw sooner or later to spare Lebanon [more] negative repercussions” he added.

Jumblatt called on parties “not to forget that we have agreed on keeping the resistance’s arsenal until the liberation of occupied territories, which happened in 2000,” referring to the withdrawal of the Israeli army from south Lebanon.

“The reign of President Hrawi was exacerbated by war and we all became heroes for the respective purpose we served, and we moved to political action... the greatest decision was uniting the Lebanese Army after confiscating the arms of the militias,” he said.

 
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