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Sleiman: Dissociation policy has protected Lebanon

FILE - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman answers questions during a news conference at Prague Castle in Prague March 1, 2012. (REUTERS/David W Cerny)

BEIRUT: President Michel Sleiman said Friday that distancing the country from the conflicts of neighboring countries has helped it avoid repercussions.

“Of course such detachment doesn’t apply to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or international resolutions or even to the help offered to Syrian refugees in Lebanon,” a statement issued by the President’s press office said.

The president, who met with a number of visitors and EU officials at Baabda palace, said violence could not end the Syrian crisis, and expressed hope that the efforts exerted to end the Syrian crisis will reach a breakthrough soon.

Sleiman also stressed the need to end the Syrian shelling over Lebanese border towns, and any other breaches of Lebanon’s sovereignty.

“Strengthening the army and providing it with the right equipment would allow it to fulfill its national duty in defending the country and preserving its civil peace,” said the president.

Lebanon has adopted the policy of disassociating itself from the developments in Syria, where unrest has claimed the lives of tens of thousands since March of 2011.

Syrian shells have hit Lebanese territory in the past with an airstrike on Sept.17 the most serious violation. Several Lebanese, including a TV cameraman, have been killed and dozens wounded by fire coming from the Syrian side.

 

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