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Gemayel reaffirms Lebanon's cultural role in Arab world

BEIRUT: Former President Amin Gemayel said Tuesday that Lebanon's role in the Arab world is to spread the democratic ideals of the "Cedar Revolution," not to export arms or incite violence.

The Kataeb party leader, whose remarks came during an event at BIEL marking the seventh anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, also asserted that the progress of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon could be not halted and that it would deliver justice.

“I believe there is no power that can stop the course of the tribunal. The indictment will happen, the masks will fall and justice will prevail,” Gemayel, speaking at the Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure center, said.

“My friend Saad [Hariri], the Future Movement, allies and friends, we were together in previous years, we demonstrated together, resisted, united, were oppressed together ... and we shall go on,” Gemayel said.

Gemayel also said that the Cedar Revolution and the March 14 coalition had confronted a variety of ideologies meant to transform Lebanon into a different country.

Without naming Syria, Gemayel also said attempts to quash the Cedar Revolution aimed at halting the spread of the principles of the movement to Lebanon’s neighbor.

However, Gemayel made it clear that Lebanon should not interfere in other countries’ internal affairs, adding that Lebanon’s interests do not lie in instigating violence.

“No weapons have been exported from here and that is not Lebanon’s role in this region,” he said.

“Lebanon has no interest in being involved in any political violence,” he maintained.

“We demand the revival of all national and international resolutions, the placing of arms under the jurisdiction of the state, and a revival of the work of state institutions to look after people’s needs,” Gemayel said.

“[We should] renew the Cedar Revolution so that it will achieve people’s aspirations and meet the Arab people’s aspirations.”

“Dear beloved, you have bet on the Cedar Revolution and you are the ones who hold tomorrow’s promise ... you are Lebanon’s voice to the world and you embody the idea of a free, united Lebanon.”

 

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